Missy Penna Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

Feb. 12, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal junior Missy Penna has been named the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week, as announced by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen earlier today. The Miami, Fla. native threw a no-hitter in the season-opener against San Diego and struck out 27 batters in 21 innings.

Penna's dominant start didn't stop after throwing a 14-strikeout no-hitter in the season-opener, however. She pitched two more complete games during the weekend, finished the opening stretch with three shutouts, not allowing a single run in 21 innings. She also didn't walk a single batter in 21 innings and gave up just five hits to post a .076 opponent average and a 0.00 ERA. She finished the weekend with 27 strikeouts over the 21 innings pitched. Penna earned the 50th win of her career against Long Beach State on Sunday and became just the third pitcher in program history to reach the 500-strikeout plateau on Friday.

The honor is the second of Penna's career and the first for the Stanford program this season. Penna also won the award on Feb. 27, 2007 after throwing three shutouts at the FIU/adidas Invitational. It is the 33rd all-time Player/Pitcher of the week honor for Stanford.

The Cardinal meets Saint Mary's tomorrow in the team's home-opener, before hosting Santa Clara, Wichita State and Pacific in the Stanford Invitational, Friday through Sunday.