Ashley Smuda allowed one hit in 15.2 innings pitched over the weekend.
April 15, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah pitcher Ashley Smuda was named Mountain West Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, it was announced by the conference office today.
Smuda, a Scottsdale, Ariz., native, allowed one hit in 15.2 innings pitched over the weekend. In the 1-0 win against No. 21/18 San Diego State, she pitched a one-hitter, striking out eight batters. She entered the first game against UNLV with the tying run on base and one out in the sixth inning. She got out of the jam, forcing the next two batters into outs. In the second game vs. the Rebels, Smuda earned her second no-hitter of the season, striking out five batters. She becomes the first Utah pitcher since Ali Andrus-Sagas in 1997 to pitch two no-hitters in a year.
She shares the honor with BYU pitcher Christina Gwyn-Trice.
Smuda is the second MWC honoree this season. Kara Foster was named Player of the Week on April 8.
The Utes return to action against conference rival BYU, beginning Friday, April 19.