TAMPA- After a near no-hitter and an outstanding set against Syracuse over the weekend, freshman Sara Nevins was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
The honor marks the first time this season that a USF player has been named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, but Stephanie Medina has been named BIG EAST Player of the week twice in 2011.
Nevins continued her dominance over the weekend helping the Bulls sweep the defending BIG EAST Tournament Champion Syracuse Orange. Nevins and the Bulls held the Orange, who entered the weekend 24-5 (3-0) to just three runs over the three games en route to the series sweep. Syracuse entered the series batting .301 as a team averaging almost six runs per game.
In the three game set, Nevins earned a pair of wins and picked up a save in the other game on the weekend. In the Sunday finale, Nevins took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a double to Jenna Caira, the only hit allowed by Nevins on the day.
The freshman appeared in all three games pitching 14.1 innings and allowed just three runs, two earned with 24 strikeouts and just two walks.
Nevins is now a team-best 9-5 on the season with five saves and a 2.31 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .203 against her, and the lefty has struck out 132 batters while walking just 14.
Nevins and the Bulls will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla. on Wednesday for a double-header with Bethune-Cookman before hosting Georgetown over the weekend for a three-game set.