ECU's Erin Poepping tabbed to 2018 AAC All-Freshman Team

Published: May. 9, 2018 at 3:16 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. – RHP Erin Poepping has been named to the 2018 American Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team, according to a release by the league Wednesday afternoon.

She is the first Pirate to be selected to a conference all-freshman team since Meredith Mitchell earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2013.

Poepping compiled a 13-15 overall record with a 3.36 earned run average during the regular season, striking out 92 batters in 159.1 innings pitched. She twirled two complete-game shutouts, blanking St. John’s in her first collegiate appearance to open the season Feb. 9 before limiting Wichita State to three hits and striking out five in a 5-0 Pirate victory over the Shockers April 28. Poepping tallied at least five strikeouts in seven appearances, including a career-best eight in a 13-2 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff March 9 in Hawai’i.

In conference games, Poepping was 5-7 with a 3.73 ERA and 28 strikeouts. She turned in five complete games and picked up wins over Houston, Connecticut and Wichita State as well as a pair of victories against AAC regular season champion USF. Thanks in large part to Poepping’s efforts, ECU was the only team during the regular season to hand the Bulls a series loss in conference play.

In her last 12 appearances, Poepping is 5-5 with a 2.88 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched. One of her four complete-game efforts during the stretch was in a 2-1 victory over NC State in Greenville April 25.

2018 American Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team

Denali Schappacher – UCF

Briana Marcellino – Connecticut

Erin Poepping – ECU

Aspen Howie – Houston

Baylee Smith – Memphis

Georgina Corrick – USF

Bailee Nickerson – Wichita State