CASTLETON, Vt. – After being named North Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday afternoon, Castleton softball's Kayla Wood has been named the ECAC Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
Wood was dominant once again this week, racking up a 3-0 record over three starts in conference action. The senior made four appearances on the week, tossing 20.0 innings and striking out a staggering 31 batters. She allowed just one earned run in her time in the circle, good for a 0.35 ERA, and finished the week by throwing 13 consecutive scoreless innings. Wood opened the week with a win on the road over the NAC's third-ranked team, Thomas, going the distance and striking out six in a 3-2 victory. She allowed just one earned run in the last inning of play, and scattered seven hits without walking a batter. On Tuesday against Lyndon, Wood carried a perfect game into the fourth inning, finishing the game with eight punch outs in 4.0 solid innings of work with just one hit allowed. In Castleton's biggest games of the season, Wood stepped up her game, working 9.0 scoreless innings over two appearances against Husson. She opened the day with yet another dazzling performance, as she was perfect for 4.1 innings before allowing a base hit—one of just two hits she allowed on the day. She struck out 15 batters in the complete-game win, as the Spartans topped Husson 1-0 in the opener. In game two, she came into the game in the sixth inning, working two scoreless innings to close the game and keep Castleton within striking distance in a narrow defeat to the Eagles. In all, she struck out 17 batters on the day and allowed just five runners to reach base in nine innings.
Castleton travels to Bangor, Maine, for the NAC Championship Tournament this weekend at Husson. The Spartans face Thomas in the first round of the four-team, double-elimination tournament.