BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second time in 2014, Mississippi State pitcher Alexis Silkwood was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, according to an announcement by league officials Monday.
Last weekend, Silkwood went 2-0 with a 0.50 earned-run average at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Softball Classic and set the program record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched at 33.1 frames. The span stretched from the Northern Kentucky contest in her career debut on Feb. 7 to the Memphis game on March 1.
The East Alton, Ill., native is the first Bulldog to receive two SEC Freshman of the Week honors since Ka’ili Smith (March 9, May 4) and Lindsey Dunlap (March 30, April 20) in 2009.
Silkwood started the week against UTSA on Friday allowing two hits in six scoreless innings and struck out seven. She allowed five runners to reach base and only one advanced to second. In three of her six innings she fanned two batters.
Saturday, her scoreless-inning string came to an end as Memphis pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Silkwood scattered five hits, four singles and a double, and struck out four. Sunday, after giving up a run in the first inning to Texas State, she allowed just five base runners in the final six innings and only one reached second. She picked up the win and struck out nine in the performance.
Silkwood enters this week's action ranked third in the Southeastern Conference in ERA (0.50), sixth in batting average against (.140), eighth in strikeouts (54) and 10th in fewest hits allowed (20).
Joining Silkwood as SEC weekly honors are Florida’s Lauren Haeger (Player of the Week) and LSU’s Kelsee Selman (Pitcher of the Week).
The Bulldogs (19-1) return to action Tuesday with a 5 p.m. CT contest against UAB (6-10). It will be Mardi Gras night at the MSU Softball Stadium. Free maroon and white beads and free king cake will be given to fans.