Moon Township, Pa. – A pair of student-athletes from the Robert Morris University softball team claimed weekly honors from the Northeast Conference (NEC) for the second consecutive week as announced by the league Monday afternoon.
Senior Nicole Sleith and freshman Olivia Lorusso were named Pitcher of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for the second time in two weeks. Both Colonials helped RMU to a 4-1 record, tied for the best mark at the event, at the inaugural EMU Madeira Beach Invitational.
With Monday's announcement, RMU has now claimed five of the first six weekly accolades handed out the by league. Prior to this season, it had never won more than two honors in the first two releases of the season.
Lorusso, a Canon-McMillan graduate, continued to impress during RMU's second weekend of action as the rookie tallied a .375 on-base percentage and a .571 slugging mark while starting all five games.
She started a three-run rally in the third inning against Eastern Michigan and also tallied a RBI double later in the game. Lorusso's biggest impact of the weekend helped RMU rally to defeat Sun Belt foe Texas State as the freshman reached base safely in three of her four plate appearances.
Lorusso launched a mammoth three-run homer against the Bobcats to turn a two-run deficit into a lead with two outs in the fifth inning, and RMU did not trail again.
Lorusso ranks among the top two in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.615), hits (nine), RBI (seven), home runs (two) and total bases (16) on the young season for the Colonials.
(photo courtesy of Robert Morris Universiy)