IRVING, Texas – Following the first weekend of softball action in Conference USA, East Carolina redshirt sophomore Toni Paisley received the league’s initial 2009 Pitcher-of-the-Week award, according to an announcement by league officials. The weekly honor is the second of Paisley’s career, but her first since April of 2007.
At the ECU Invitational over the weekend, Paisley returned to the pitching circle for the first time since March of 2008 and did not take long to shake off any rust that she accumulated while sitting out due to injury. She appeared in all four games for the Pirates, picking up two wins and a save. In her 16.1 innings of work, she struck out 18 batters and did not allow a walk.
In her season opener, she limited the Virginia offense to just three hits and one run while striking out eight. In the first contest against Middle Tennessee, Paisley came in with the tying run at the plate in the seventh and shut down the Blue Raiders, earning the save. In the second game against Middle Tennessee, Paisley pitched all eight innings for the win, while striking out nine. After allowing a home run that put the Blue Raiders ahead 2-1 in the third inning, she sent down the next 16 batters she faced in order.
Paisley and the Pirates will return to the field this weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take part in the Bama Bash. East Carolina begins the tournament against Wisconsin on Friday at 3 p.m. and then plays the Badgers again on Saturday at 6 p.m. ECU will also square off with Notre Dame at 12 p.m. Saturday and the host Crimson Tide at 2 p.m. on Sunday.