Freshman Laura Messina was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday afternoon. The Blue Devil pitcher tossed a pair of complete game victories at the USF Under Armour Showcase last weekend. Messina led a Blue Devil staff that posted a 4-1 record at the event.
Messina's first action of the weekend came against Northern Iowa in the opening game on Friday. She worked a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished the complete game victory allowing one run, on two hits, with 10 strike outs and only two walks.
In her second start, she knocked off Big-Ten foe Penn State with another complete game victory. Messina limited the Nittany Lions to six hits, two earned runs and only two walks. She also struck out four in the game.
On the weekend, Messina posted a 2.65 earned run average and a .190 batting average against.
She posted a final stat line of 17.0 innings, 12 hits, five earned runs, 20 strike outs and six walks.
Messina is 3-0 over her last five games and has struck out 36 batters over 28.0 innings during that stretch.
The Blue Devils also posted victories over Bradley and Miami (OH) at the event.
Messina and the Blue Devils return to action with a doubleheader at Yale. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday.