MEDFORD – Giving the Tufts University softball team a strong 1-2 punch in their pitching rotation, freshman Kristina Haghdan was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Pitcher of the Week today.
Haghdan joins fellow freshman Kristi Van Meter, who was the NESCAC Pitcher of the Week on March 26 of this season, at the top of the Tufts staff. This is the third time in five weeks overall that a Tufts freshman has won a conference award, including freshman infielder Emma Della Volpe receiving Player of the Week on April 2.
In a NESCAC East Division series at Colby over the weekend, Hagdhan went 2-0 in the pitcher's circle with a 0.88 earned run average and 15 strikeouts in eight innings. She allowed two hits and one run in game two of the series on Friday, striking out 10 batters in five innings. On Saturday, she started and threw three no-hit innings before she was pulled. The Jumbos won both games in five innings, 11-1 and 12-4.
Haghdan is currently third in NESCAC with a 1.16 earned run average, allowing just eight earned runs in her 48.1 innings. She's 7-3, has a pair of shutouts and has struck out 61 opponents for an 8.83 K's per seven innings mark that is second in NESCAC.
Head coach Cheryl Milligan's Jumbos, 18-6 overall and 7-2 in the NESCAC East, lead the conference with a 1.71 earned run average.