PAWTUCKET, R.I.—For the first time in her collegiate career, freshman pitcher Kaera Wyse (Danvers, Mass.) has been named the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Wyse helped the Beacons keep their Little East Conference Tournament playoff hopes alive, by going 1-1 with a 1.86 earned run average over 15 innings. The freshman right-hander, pitched a pair of complete games and allowed just 13 hits and three walks, versus 20 strikeouts.
With her 12-strikeout game on Saturday, Wyse tied the program-record for strikeouts in a game, and became the program-record holder for career double-digit strikeout games, with her third 10+ strikeout game of the year.
In Wednesday's 5-0 loss to the University of Southern Maine, Wyse held the Huskies to just three hits and no runs through the first seven innings, before allowing five hits and five runs, two earned in the eighth. She struck out eight batters and walked one in the loss to the Huskies.
Saturday she pitched the Beacons to a vital game one victory, by tying her career-high with 12 strikeouts over seven innings in a 3-2 win over UMass Dartmouth. In seven innings of work, the freshman allowed just five hits and two earned runs. Wyse struck out at least one batter in six of the seven innings and struck out the side twice. Her 12 strikeouts tied Courtney Haroules ('08) for the program-record for strikeouts in a single-game.
Despite starting the season as a reliever, Wyse ranks fifth amongst all Little East Conference pitchers with her 66 strikeouts in 85 innings of work.
The UMass Boston Softball team will learn their playoff fates Tuesday at 5 p.m., as Rhode Island College hosts UMass Dartmouth in the conclusion of a rain-halted game. If the Anchorwomen hold on to their 11-7 lead in the top of the sixth, the Beacons will clinch the sixth-and-final spot in this week's Little East Conference Tournament.