Nashville, Tenn. - After leading Tennessee State to a 3-2 conference week, freshman Shea Morris was named Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday.
Morris earned her first weekly honor and is the first for a TSU pitcher since February 23, 2009 when Caitlin Eaton was named. The selection is the first time in Tiger history for a freshman to garner the award.
Morris finished the week with a 3-1 record and allowed just one earned run in her four appearances for a 0.30 ERA. The Lawrenceburg, Tenn., product held opponents to a .174 batting average and notched 28 strikeouts opposed to four walks in 23.1 innings. Her season strikeout total of 108 is best in the OVC.
The freshman pitcher produced her first career shutout on a four-hitter with eight strikeouts in game one against Austin Peay. She earned her second win allowing one hit and fanning four in the final 2.1 innings of a nine inning Tiger win to sweep APSU.
Morris claimed her third win of the week with a three-hitter, allowing one unearned run while striking out six in the final game with Tennessee Tech. Her lone loss came at the hands of TTU, in a game that featured a 1:47 rain delay. Before the stoppage of play, Morris had allowed just one base runner through the first four innings. At games end, the freshman allowed just one earned run and tied a career record with ten strikeouts.
Morris eclipsed 100 strikeouts and became just the third pitcher in TSU history to accomplish the feat. Amanda Vaught achieved the century mark in 2007 and 2008 with Caitlin Eaton doing so in 2009.
TSU will conclude their OVC series with Austin Peay on Thursday, March 29 before traveling to face UT Martin in a three-game weekend series.