Northern Illinois University softball player Rebecca Rupard was named Mid-American Conference West Division Pitcher of Week, the league announced today.
A native of Normal, Ill., Rupard turned in a solid week in the pitcher’s circle, going 3-0, allowing six runs, four earned. She began the week with a victory over UIC, pitching four solid innings of relief to pick up the victory.
The Normal West product was clutch in NIU’s final weekend of MAC play.
Rupard had the ball in her hand Friday as the Huskies picked up a crucial victory in the second game of a doubleheader with Akron. She allowed four runs, three earned, in a 9-4 win over the Zips. Rupard turned in one of her best outings of the season in the series finale with Ohio. She allowed one run on three hits and three walks in six-and-two-thirds innings as NIU posted a 6-1 win over the Bobcats.
Rupard is one of five Huskies to have earned weekly conference honors this season and the second pitcher. Junior Jessica Sturm (Wichita, Kan./Goddard) is a two-time MAC West Pitcher of the Week, while senior Shelby Miller (Ottawa, Kan./Ottawa) is a two-time MAC West Player of the Week. Freshman Kayti Grable (Santee, Calif./Santana) and senior Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) earned MAC West Player of the Week honors March 17 and March 10 respectively.
The Huskies (23-29, 10-12) return to action Wednesday, when NIU travels to Akron for the 2014 MAC Softball Tournament. No. 7 seed NIU opens the tournament against No. 2 seed Buffalo. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. CT.