OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Freshman Cardinal pitcher Teagan Gerhart (Norco, Calif.) earned the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week Award for the Week of March 15-21 after tossing three-consecutive no-hitters, one of which included a perfect game. The right-handed pitcher improved to 13-2 on the year while tossing 26.0 scoreless innings with 34 strikeouts walking just one batter and giving up three hits for a 0.00 ERA.
"I just go out and play hard every game, so it is great to be recognized for that effort,” said Gerhart. “I couldn't have done it without my teammates and the defense behind me."
“She pitched four complete-game shutouts and recorded her first collegiate save as well. She also provided some offense for the Cardinal, recording her first career hit, an RBI double, and her first collegiate home run. She ended the weekend with three hits, three RBI and a .700 slugging percentage.
"This is a great honor for Teagan and our program to be recognized by USA Softball for her efforts last weekend,” said Stanford head coach John Rittman. “To do what she did is special no matter what level of softball you play. She has worked very hard with Coach Ford in becoming a complete pitcher, and she is such a special player to coach and be around every day."
Gerhart began the weekend with a perfect game against Santa Clara on Friday. She shut down the Broncos’ offense, striking out a career-best 13 batters, including eight in a row to end the game. On Saturday, Gerhart continued her dominance with two no-hitters. Against Princeton, the freshman struck out eight batters for the complete game shutout, and was just a team error shy of another perfect game. She also tallied her first career hit against the Tigers, an RBI double.
In Saturday’s second game versus Saint Mary’s, Gerhart threw five innings, retiring six batters via the strikeout while walking one for her third straight no-hitter. Offensively, she was 2-3 with two RBI and her first career home run.
On Sunday, Gerhart picked up the win against Cal Poly and her first save of the season against Saint Mary’s. She entered the game against the Gaels in the sixth inning and struck out four of the seven batters she faced to hold off SMC.
Gerhart has now thrown 36.0 consecutive scoreless innings for the Cardinal (20-3), which is on a six-game winning streak.
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