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Jones earns 2nd MSC Pitcher of the Week honor

Randy Payton Special to OVP

March 25, 2014

COLUMBIA, Ky. — Rio Grande freshman Jenna Jones is the MSC Pitcher of the Week and Shawnee State (Ohio) senior Abbey Barrett is the MSC Softball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.


The weekly honor is the second this season for Jones, while Barrett earns her first honor of the season.


Jones went 3-1 with a save last week to earn the Mid-South’s top weekly pitching honor.


The Lancaster, Ohio, native hurled a no-hitter and a one-hitter in back-to-back wins over Pikeville (Ky.) and Bluefield (Va.).


Jones opened the week with a win in relief as she pitched two hitless innings while striking out four in a 9-8 win over St. Catharine (Ky.).


Her lone bad outing of the week came in the second game of the doubleheader as Jones allowed 10 runs while walking 12 batters during miserable playing conditions in a 10-8 loss to the Patriots.


But Jones bounced back with 16 scoreless innings to close out the week two wins and a save.


During the 2-0 win over Pikeville, Jones struck out six en route to the first Rio Grande no hitter in nearly five years. She followed by losing a second straight no-hitter with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a 2-0 win over Bluefield.


Jones finished the week with a two-inning save in a 5-4 win over Bluefield to complete the sweep over the Rams.


Jones moves to 8-5 on the season with last week’s results. She is fourth in the conference in wins, seventh in strikeouts (59) and ninth in ERA (2.84).


Rio Grande moves to 14-7 overall and 9-5 in the Mid-South with last week’s results.


Barrett finished last week with a .476 (10-for-21) batting average with three home runs and 10 runs batted in. She also ended the week with eight runs, two doubles and a 1.000 slugging percentage while helping the Bears to a 3-3 record.


The Franklin Furnace, Ohio, catcher hit a home run and drove in four runs in each of the Bears’ wins over St. Catharine (Ky.) to begin her week.


Barrett had three hits and a RBI in a 3-2 loss to Bluefield (Va.) and three more hits — one of which was her third home run of the week — in an 11-9 loss to Pikeville (Ky.).


Barrett ranks third in the Mid-South Conference with 12 stolen bases and fifth in the conference with 25 RBIs this season. She ranks seventh in slugging percentage (.714), home runs (5) and total bases (50) and eighth in batting average (.386).


Shawnee State moves to 11-10 overall and 5-7 in the Mid-South Conference with last week’s results.