Peloquin '02 Receives League Honors Again
Jeff hurler named NESCAC Player of the Week for third time in four weeks

    AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Amherst College pitcher Lauren Peloquin (Berkley, MA) was named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Softball Player of the Week on Monday for games through Sunday, April 16, after surrendering no earned runs in 21 innings of work as the Jeffs split a pair of doubleheaders against Smith College and national power Wheaton College.

    Peloquin, who was named NESCAC Player of the Week the first week of the season, also received the league honors last week, as the Jeffs have swept the award each of the first four weeks, with Co-captain first baseman Darcy Sweeney (Keene, NH) earning the spot two weeks ago. Peloquin, who yet to allow an earned run in the month of April, pitched a complete-game two-hitter against Smith in the first game of last Tuesday's twinbill, striking out 12 en route to her sixth complete-game shutout of the season and the 19th of her career. In the nightcap, the sophomore came on in relief of rookie Emily Melia (Hingham, MA) and struck out three in two perfect innings of relief in a 3-1 Amherst loss.
    Against the Lions on Sunday, the sophomore turned in another impressive performance in game one, scattering six hits over seven innings and striking out five, as the Jeffs, ranked 14th in the nation in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Assocation (NFCA) poll, knocked off Wheaton, 3-0. In the nightcap, the sophomore came in to a bases-loaded jam with nobody out in the second inning, and pitched five stellar innings in relief, striking out three and scattering five hits. A Wheaton run in the bottom of the sixth inning snapped Peloquin's 44-inning scoreless streak, as the Lions held on for the 3-2 win, but Peloquin has yet to surrender an earned run in the month of April, a streak that now stands at 44 and one-third innings.
    With the 2-0 week last week, the sophomore upped her record for the season to 14-2, and the 21 innings without an earned run lowered her already-anemic era to 0.70. On the year, Peloquin has registered 130 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 109 and one-third innings of work, as opponents are hitting a NESCAC-worst .144 against the sophomore.
    The Jeffs (19-4-1) are next in action on Wednesday afternoon, when they head to Westfield State College for an afternoon doubleheader, before they head east for a pivotal weekend twinbill at Tufts University.


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