Apr 29, 2010

SB: NWC AWARDS - Erin Lee Starts, Closes Season with NWC Pitcher of the Week Award

A Winning Tradition

  • Two NCAA Regional Tournament Appearances (2016, 2018)
  • Five Northwest Conference Tournament Appearances (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Six NFCA All-West Region Athletes (One first-team, three second-team, two third-team) 
  • 4 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 1 (NFCA) Division III National Pitcher of the Week (Abbie Bergerson, 2015)
  • Two National Top-25 Rankings (2016, 2018)
  • One NAIA Regional Tournament (1994)
  • One NAIA District Championship (1994)
  • One Cascade Conference Championship (1994)
  • 1 NAIA District Coach of the Year

NEWBERG, Ore. – Ending her season the same way she started it, right-handed pitcher Erin Lee of George Fox University has been named the Northwest Conference Softball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week for Apr. 19-25 after going 2-0 with a save in five appearances during the Bruins’ final week of action.

Lee began her week with a relief appearance in the Bruins’ 7-0 loss to Whitworth on Friday, going 3.1 innings and allowing only one hit and one run, with three strikeouts and one walk.  In the first game of a doubleheader at Lewis & Clark on Saturday, she threw a complete game, working 7.0 innings with four hits and one unearned run allowed, one strikeout, and no walks in an 8-1 win.  In an 8-6 second-game win over the Pioneers, she went 1.1 innings in relief, scattering four hits and allowing two runs, one earned, with a strikeout and no walks. 

On the final day of the season on Sunday, Lee won the opener 3-2 with another seven-inning complete game, spacing nine hits while surrendered no earned runs.  She earned her first save of the season for Bruin starter Taylor Whitmore in the finale, a 10-6 win, with 1.2 innings of shutout relief, surrendering one hit with one strikeout.  For the week, she posted a 0.69 ERA, allowing 19 hits in 20.1 innings and six runs, two earned, with six hits and one walk. 

Lee, the team’s only senior from Edmonds, Wash., was also named the NWC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 15-21, the first week of the season, when she went 2-0 with a 1.87 ERA and defeated the College of Idaho, a nationally-ranked NAIA team, 8-0 in the Northwest Cup Tournament.  In conference stats, she ranks 2nd in innings pitched (135.1), 3rd in appearances (29), 5th in starts (18), games in relief (11) and games finished (10), and 9th in ERA (3.83) and wins (9).

Catcher Shelby Klein received honorable mention for NWC Offensive / Fielding Student-Athlete of the Week for Apr. 19-25.  She went 2-for-3 with a double in a 7-0 loss to Whitworth on Friday, then was 0-for-4 but drove in a run in an 8-1 first-game win at Lewis & Clark on Saturday before really heating up.  In an 8-6 second-game win, she was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  On Sunday at home, she went 2-for-3 with a double, a run, and an RBI in a 3-2 first-game over the Pios, sparking a three-run 6th-inning rally that enabled the Bruins to come from behind.  In a 10-6 win in the finale of the season, she 3-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI.  For the week, she batted .556 (10-for-18), with three doubles, two steals, two runs scored and four RBIs. 

Klein, a freshman from Seattle, Wash., led the Bruins with a .364 batting average and doubles with nine, tied for the team lead in hits with 36, and was second in slugging percentage at .515 and third in RBIs with 20.  She struck out only eight times in 103 at bats. 

George Fox, under second-year coach Jessica Hollen, finished the season with a four-game winning streak and a 13-27 overall record, an eight-game improvement over the previous year.  The Bruins were 7-21 in the conference to finish seventh in the final standings.