April 10, 2012
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University pitcher Megan Dortch was named the Mid-American Conference West Pitcher of the Week the league announced today.
Dortch, a native of Reno, Nev., went 2-0 and picked up a save in three appearances, posting a 0.49 earned run average, allowing one earned run, in three appearances this past weekend. Dortch held opponents to a .143 batting average in 14.1 innings. She pitched a complete game shutout in the second game of a doubleheader against Eastern Michigan, allowing two hits, five walks and struck out six in the 4-0 win over the Eagles.
The freshman hurler posted her second-straight victory of the weekend in the series opener against Central Michigan. She helped lead NIU to a 5-1 victory over the Chippewas, scattering five hits and three walks and allowing one earned run while striking out seven in six-and-a-third innings.
This is Dortch's second POTW honor of the season. She earned pitcher of the week Feb. 14 after the Huskies' first weekend of action.
The Huskies (16-20, 4-4 MAC) open a five game homestand when Northern Illinois welcomes DePaul to Mary M. Bell Field Tuesday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Central Time. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at NIUHuskies.com.