• Delainey Smith

USF Pitcher Recognized as NAIA and CCAC Softball Pitcher of the Week

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Morghan Dieringer (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West), University of St. Francis pitcher, earned both NAIA National and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Softball Pitcher of the Week honors last week, after a fantastic start to conference.

The senior USF softball player was a part of four USF victories last week during CCAC play with 20 shutout innings. During the conference she pitched a pair of four-hit shutouts and in relief appearances she earned another win and save.

According to the press release, during the two doubleheaders during CCAC, Dieringer stuck out more batters (23) than she allowed on base via hits (13) or walks (four) and only two runners were able to reach third base against her.

This season, Dieringer has a 10-2 record with two saves and a 1.57 earned run average in 75.2 innings. She ranks 13th in the NAIA with 8.79 strikeouts per appearance (95 strikeouts in 15 appearances).

When asked how she felt about her achievement, Dieringer stated, I am very honored to have received the award and to represent our school and softball program. I feel confident that this is the year for USF softball to do great things.”

This is a huge honor considering it is the first time, since 1997 when Janet Abramic was honored, that a University of St. Francis softball player was recognized as a national player or pitcher of the week. The last St. Francis pitcher to receive the accolade was Shelli Meils in 1989.

Dieringer and the rest of the Fighting Saints Softball team continue CCAC play when they face Judson University in a doubleheader on the road Friday, April 13. The first game is scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM CT in Elgin, Ill.

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