April 14, 2014

Messina Named Four-Time NEC Pitcher of the Week

Junior Laura Messina was named NEC Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season after leading CCSU to a 5-1 week and shutting out conference foe Fairleigh Dickinson in a doubleheader on Saturday, the NEC announced Monday.

The Blue Devils went on an eight-win streak, including five shutouts, before falling to Bryant in game two of a doubleheader on Sunday.

Messina, four-time NEC Pitcher of the week and 2013 NEC Tournament MVP, posted a 0.82 ERA this week, pitching five complete games including three shutouts. She went 4-1 on the week improving her season record to 17-9.

Messina struck out an impressive 50 batters in 34.0 innings, lifting her career total to 638. She posted a career-high 15 strikeouts in CCSU's victory over UMass-Lowell on April 10. Headed into this week's competition, Messina had registered just six shutouts and ranked 17th in the nation, she now has nine on the season.

The junior ranks first all-time in five CCSU career pitching categories including innings pitched (638.0), wins (66), complete games (85), shutouts (28) and strikeouts (638).

Messina and the rest of the Blue Devils will be back in action this Friday and Saturday, April 18-19, in two NEC doubleheaders on the road. CCSU will face Saint Francis U Friday starting at 1 p.m. and Robert Morris at 12 p.m. on Saturday.