April 3, 2007
CLEVELAND - After posting a 1.12 earned-run average in five games and helping the RedHawk softball team to a 3-2 record last week, Miami University freshman Meredith Linch has been tabbed as the Mid-American Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week. It is Linch's second career weekly conference honor.
As the workhorse on the Miami pitching staff, Linch compiled a 1.12 ERA in 25.0 innings last week, helping Miami (11-25-1; 2-2 MAC) to wins over Eastern Kentucky, Akron and Ohio. For the week, Linch allowed only four earned runs, struck out 15 batters and limited opponents to a .155 batting average. Speaking to her dominant performance in the circle, Linch faced 92 batters during the week and allowed only one extra-base hit.
Linch began the week by tossing five scoreless relief innings against Eastern Kentucky, as she scattered two hits and picked up the victory in Miami's 2-1 midweek win. After taking over for starter Shalise Lugo in the second inning, Linch worked out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam and held the Colonels scoreless over the final five innings, helping the RedHawks notch their first home win at the new $4.5 million Miami Softball Stadium.
Even more impressive on Miami's conference-opening weekend, Linch appeared in all four games and compiled a 1.40 ERA in 20.0 innings. Linch opened the weekend by tossing 6.1 innings in a 4-3 loss to Akron, which included six no-hit innings, and followed by closing out Miami's 5-0 win over Akron with strike outs of the final two batters. Linch then started both games against Ohio, going 6.0 innings and allowing two earned runs in Saturday's 2-1 loss before tossing a complete-game three-hitter in Miami's 1-0 win on Sunday. In Miami's one-run victory, Linch scattered three singles and retired 14 batters in a row in the second through sixth innings.
Miami hosts Marshall in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m. before welcoming Northern Illinois (April 6) and Western Michigan (April 7-8) in MAC action. All six games are available on GAMETRACKER.