IRVING, Texas – After throwing three shutouts to guide East Carolina to a 5-0 week, junior Toni Paisley was named the Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week according to an announcement Monday by league officials. The three blankings moved her past Jenny Parsons (1990-93) and into first place on the Pirate career shutout list with 35. The weekly honor is the 13th of the Paisley’s career and fifth this season.
In 22 innings pitched last week, Paisley allowed nine hits and struck out 37 batters while issuing only two walks. Overall, she has won 15 of her past 16 decisions as she has surrendered seven earned runs over the 107.1 innings, good for a 0.46 earned run average. She has also struck out 155 batters over that span, an average of 1.45 per inning.
Against rival N.C. State Wednesday, the Lakewood, Calif., native earned the road victory as she scattered four hits and fanned 10 while not walking a batter. It was her third-consecutive victory over the Wolfpack.
In the Saturday opener against UTEP, she gave up just one hit, a double by opposing pitcher Stacie Townsend in the seventh inning. Paisley also walked two batters while striking out 12, including eight of the first nine, in the shutout. In the Sunday finale, she limited the Miners to four hits and no walks while tying her career high with 15 strikeouts. She fanned nine of the first 11 batters, including seven in a row. She has recorded 790 strikeouts in her career and needs 10 more to become just the sixth pitcher in Conference USA history to reach 800 whiffs. The victory was also Paisley's 20th this season, marking the third time in her career she has reached the 20-win plateau.
With the three-game series sweep of C-USA foe UTEP, and other results from around the league, the Pirates enter this week alone at the top of the standings.
East Carolina (28-14, 9-3 C-USA) looks to keep its perfect record against in-state opponents intact Tuesday as it hosts rival UNC Wilmington (8-31) for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader. So far this season, the Pirates are 7-0 against North Carolina foes, outscoring Campbell, N.C. Central, UNC Greensboro and N.C. State 52-6.