Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State softball left-handed pitcher Dallas McBride has notched her first-ever Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week award, the conference announced Monday.
McBride is the conference pitcher of the week for the week of April 6-12 after going 2-0 on the week and finishing with a 2.47 ERA in 11.2 innings pitched. She also held her opponents to a .220 batting average on the week.
“Dallas keeps getting better with every outing,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “We have known all along that she would be a standout and she is really coming into her own over the past couple of weeks.”
McBride, a freshman from Scottsdale, Ariz., picked up a win over 19th-ranked Arizona State and a middle-game WAC win over Missouri-Kansas City during a three-game series. She is now 10-5 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in WAC play.
McBride began the week with a relief appearance versus the top-20 Sun Devils, helping the Aggies come back for a 6-4 victory. She pitched the final 3.2 innings and only allowed Arizona State one run on four hits as she picked up her first win over a top-20 team.
In game two versus the Sun Devils, McBride game into the game in the fourth with the bases loaded and proceeded to get the final out without allowing a run to score. She also pitched a scoreless fifth inning.
She capped off the week with her 10th win of the season after starting in game two versus UMKC and getting an 8-3 decision. Other than being relieved for four batters in the fifth, she went the whole game, only allowing three runs and striking out a career-high seven batters.
As if being the top pitcher in the conference wasn’t enough, McBride also went 3-for-4 at the plate last week, including a triple and a home run, her fifth long ball of the season, showing her ability does not end in the circle.
McBride and the rest of the Aggie squad will meet I-25 rival New Mexico on Tuesday at the NM State Softball Complex beginning at 6 p.m. The game will be televised live by the AggieVision production team. Fans in New Mexico can catch the game on Comcast Cable channel 77. Those with satellite television can watch the game live on FOX Sports Arizona Plus, FOX College Sports Pacific and the Altitude Channel. ESPN3 will also stream the game live for free over the Internet.
For fans attending the game, the WAC champions and NCAA Tournament participant NM State women’s basketball team will be honored before the game with head coach Mark Trakh throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.