STORRS, Conn. -- Freshman pitcher Katie Koshes earned well-deserved recognition on Monday, being named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week following her 13-strikeout performance against USF on Sunday.
It is the first Pitcher of the Week award for Koshes, who recorded two wins and a save this past week in three appearances -- helping the UConn softball team (12-15, 1-1 American) to a 3-1 record. Koshes (5-3) pitched 11.2 scoreless innings against Bryant and USF, allowing just two hits during her work in the circle. She had 20 strikeouts to just five walks last week, adding to her team-high 80 strikeouts this season.
In Sunday's 1-0 win over the Bulls in the second game of a doubleheader, Koshes turned in a trademark performance with a season-high 13 strikeouts and just one walk. She surrendered a pair of hits, while stranding three USF runners.
Last Wednesday against Bryant, the first-year lefty posted a two-out save against the Bulldogs in the first game of a doubleheader. She then tossed a combined no-hitter with senior Kayla Doty in game two -- throwing four scoreless frames in the 9-0 mercy-rule win.
The no-hitter was the 38th in UConn softball history and the first since Lauren Duggan in 2015. It was the second shutout that Koshes has been a part of this season, with the first being a 2-0 win over Hawaii on March 14.
Since starting her UConn career, Koshes has dominated the competition -- currently boasting team-highs in ERA (1.56), wins (5), appearances (18), complete games (4), innings (62.2), and strikeouts (80). She has three games this season with at least 10 strikeouts, the only UConn pitcher to achieve the feat at least once. Koshes leads the American with a .172 opposing batting average against her.
Per seven innings this season, the left-hander is averaging 8.9 strikeouts per frame -- ranking her 28th among all Division I pitchers.