Missy Penna Swipes Third Pac-10 Pitcher Of The Week Honor

March 24, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - After another perfect weekend at the Stanford Invitational (3-0), Cardinal senior Missy Penna earned her third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor of the season. She finishes the preseason having won three of the possible six weekly awards handed out by the conference.

The award is the seventh of Penna's career. The Miami, Fla. native was also honored once as a sophomore, three times last season and on Feb. 10 and Mar. 10 of this year. With the award, Penna ties Washington's Danielle Lawrie with the most active career player of the week honors in the Pac-10.

Penna continued to dominate over the weekend, throwing three complete games and picking up three wins, including the 100th of her career. Penna struck out 28 batters in 21 innings, allowed just 10 hits and gave up just one earned run (0.33 ERA). She struck out 10 batters in two of her three outings and held opponents to a .143 batting average.

Perhaps Penna's most impressive performance, however, was not even considered in the voting. Penna finished her four-day stretch yesterday by throwing a 10-inning marathon against Cal Poly. She shattered her own school record in the game with 19 strikeouts in and whittled her 2009 ERA to program-best 0.57.

No. 3/3 Stanford (29-1) will take one of the longest winning streaks in NCAA history into Pac-10 play this week (28 games). The Cardinal faces No. 4/4 UCLA and No. 2/2 Washington in a home series that begins Friday night.

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