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.
Sleith, a Yough graduate, factored into all four Colonial victories this past weekend as she went 3-0 with three complete games in three starts and notched a save. She allowed opponents to hit just .160 off of her in 22.1 innings and racked up 32 strikeouts against five walks and zero hit batters.
She struck out 10 in a complete-game win over North Dakota before retiring the final batter, who represented the tying run, in a victory over Eastern Michigan. Sleith tossed a four-hitter against Texas State with 13 strikeouts, one off matching her career high, as she notched her fourth double-digit strikeout effort in four starts.
She finished her weekend in resounding fashion as she allowed three hits, all singles, and zero earned runs in an eight-inning effort against Harvard.
She struck out nine without walking a batter and became just the second Colonial ever to surpass 700 career strikeouts.
Sleith claimed her 12th Pitcher of the Week award with this announcement and the 17th weekly honor of her career, extending the RMU program record in both categories.
(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)