Kerr Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
March 4, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Freshman Donna Kerr was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week as announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen on Tuesday. Kerr allowed just two hits in 15 scoreless innings last week and pitched her first career perfect game against Saint Peter's on Sunday. Kerr went 3-0 on the week with two complete-game shutouts, striking out 21.
Against Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday, Kerr tossed the first four innings and gave up one hit, striking out three to earn the victory. The San Diego native returned home last weekend as the Bruins took part in the San Diego Classic. Against the host Toreros on Friday, the freshman allowed just one hit in six innings, fanning a season-high 11 in the Bruins' victory. Kerr retired 11 in a row at one point, as well as the final six of the game, striking out the side in the sixth inning.
On Sunday against Saint Peter's, Kerr hurled the 16th perfect game and 99th no-hitter in UCLA history. The freshman set down all 15 batters she faced, striking out seven, including the side in the fifth inning. The perfect game was the first for the Bruins since 2003 and marked the first no-hitter since 2005.
Kerr, who is 8-1 on the season, has not allowed a run in 24 straight innings and leads the team with a 0.64 earned run average and four shutouts.
The Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award is the second straight for the Bruins after senior Anjelica Selden earned the honor last week. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore has also received two Pac-10 Player of the Week honors to give the Bruins four POW's this season and 102 all-time.