March 9, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C - Sophomore Kendra Knight of the Maryland softball team was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Week the league announced today. Knight earned the honor for her performance over the weekend in the Terps' annual Maryland Round Robin event, featuring teams from Mount St. Mary's, Towson and Princeton.
"Kendra has really worked hard over the past nine months and it is showing in her performances this season," head coach Laura Watten said. "She continues to get better every day and I am extremely proud of her for this well-deserved honor, ACC Pitcher of the Week. I really feel this is the first of many to come for Kendra."
Knight struck out 31 batters over 14.1 innings on the mound. She pitched two complete games, earning a win and a loss, and closed a game to earn her first save of the year. She gave up just four hits over the weekend and batters hit just .083 against her. She did not give up an earned run over the weekend.
Knight started for the Terrapins in their first game of the weekend against Princeton Friday evening. She did not allow a Tiger hit until the seventh inning and racked up 12 strikeouts in her complete game performance. She allowed just one hit and gave up only three walks to earn her third win of the season.
She was once again near-perfect against Towson Saturday afternoon. She held the Tigers scoreless and hitless for five innings and struck out 13 of the first 16 Towson batters. Towson scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning, but neither were earned runs for Knight.
She entered the Terps' final game of the weekend against Mount St. Mary's on Sunday in the relief role. In the top of the seventh inning, the Terrapins were ahead 4-2. Knight came in with two outs and runners on first and third to strike out the final Mountaineers' batter to end the game and earn the save.
The Terrapins will play local rival Howard Wednesday evening in a doubleheader. Games will be at 5 and 7 p.m. Admission is free for all fans wishing to attend.