Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Softball: OU's Paige Parker Named Big 12 Pitcher of the week

For the second time this season Oklahoma sophomore Paige Parker has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.

Her latest honor comes after a dominating weekend where the Independence, Mo., native went 4-0, did not allow a run in 18.0 innings of work and threw the fifth no-hitter of career. She gave up just four hits and struck out 22 against just three walks while throwing two shutouts and combining on another. Opponents hit just .070 against Parker on the weekend.

It’s the ninth time in Parker’s career that she’s been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. That ties her with Baylor’s Whitney Canion and Texas’ Christa Williams for fifth most in league history. The only pitchers in Big 12 annals with more weekly honors are Texas’ Cat Osterman (25), former Sooner Keilani Ricketts (16), Texas’ Blaire Luna (13) and Missouri’s Chelsea Thomas (12).

Parker appeared in all five contests last weekend beginning with Friday’s 9-4 win over Saint Louis where she struck out all three batters she faced in a relief outing.

She then threw the fifth no-hitter of her career in an 8-0, five-inning win over BYU on Friday night. The only runner she allowed was a two-out walk in the first, but she followed that by retiring 13 straight batters. She struck out a season-high 11, and struck out the side in the third and fifth innings.

Parker tormented the Cougars again Saturday in a 3-0 win. She carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a one-out double, settling for a two-hit shutout, after 12.1 hitless innings to begin the weekend. The 6.1 no-hit innings Saturday marked the longest no-hit stretch for Parker in one game in her career, as all of her five previous no-hitters came in five-inning, run-rule victories.

She closed out the weekend with two wins in relief against Maryland. Saturday, she threw the final 1.1 innings with one hit allowed and one strikeout. Sunday against Maryland, Parker threw the final 3.2 innings and was awarded the victory to improve to 7-2 on the season. She allowed one hit and struck out two without giving up a run or walk.

///SoonerSports PR
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