IRVING, Texas – After a 4-1 week in which the East Carolina softball team took two of three games from Conference USA rival Marshall, the Pirates swept the league's weekly awards.
Senior Marina Gusman-Brown was named the Hitter-of-the-Week and junior Toni Paisley was tabbed Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week according to an announcement Monday by league officials. The weekly honor is the first for Gusman-Brown while Paisley picked up her third this season and 11th of her career.
Gusman-Brown was the team's leading hitter last week, batting .533 as she finished with a squad-best eight hits. She also led the Pirates in runs scored with seven as she crossed home plate in each of the team's five games.
At N.C. Central Wednesday, she drove in three runs, scored three times and picked up three base hits, including a home run.
Against Marshall, she hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one to tie the contest at 3-3. ECU went on to win 4-3 in nine innings. In the finale, she led off the bottom of the first inning with her third home run in the past four games. The long ball proved to be the game-winning run in ECU's 10-0 victory. She went on to tie her career high with three hits in the contest as she drove in three runs and scored once. For the week, Gusman-Brown posted a 1.267 slugging percentage.
Paisley finished the week 3-0 with a 0.69 earned run average. Facing N.C. Central Wednesday, she allowed just one base runner in the game on an infield single and struck out nine. The nine strikeouts increased Paisley's total to 665 in her career, pushing her past Courtney Blades for sixth on the all-time Conference USA list.
In game one against Marshall Saturday, Paisley gave up three runs, two earned, and four hits in the nine-inning effort. She also struck out 14, marking the sixth time this season she reached double digits in whiffs. In the Sunday series-clinching victory, she surrendered three hits and struck out four. It was the 65th win of her career, tying her with Jessica Rak (2000-03) of Louisville for seventh on the Conference USA all-time list. The shutout put Paisley in sole possession of fourth on the Pirates' leader board as she has 28 in her career.
Paisley shares this week's award with UCF's Ashleigh Cole, who the Pirates (15-12, 2-1 C-USA) will face this weekend when they travel to Orlando for a three-game league series. The Knights (22-12, 7-1 C-USA) are currently in first place in C-USA while the Pirates are tied for second. The teams play a doubleheader Friday beginning at 3:00 p.m. and the finale at 12:00 p.m. Saturday.
Prior to the contests at UCF this weekend, ECU plays a doubleheader at UNC Greensboro (12-14) Tuesday beginning at 3:00 p.m.