PRINCETON, N.J. - For a second straight week, freshman pitcher Jessie Lupardus has been named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week. Now 8-1 with two saves and a 0.41 ERA, Lupardus has earned both of the League's honors thus far this season.
Lupardus has stepped right into her role as a starter for the defending South Division champion Quakers and shows no signs of letting up. At the Rebel Spring Games, Lupardus earned the save or the win in all eight of the Quakers' victories, including all five over the past week.
A seven-hit shutout against Robert Morris on Tuesday saw her strike out a personal-best nine hitters as Penn earned a 1-0 victory. Later in the day, she came out of the bullpen to preserve a 6-4 win against Tennessee-Martin.
Against Cleveland State on Thursday, she allowed just three hits and struck out five in going the distance, although the Vikings did manage to score just the third run Lupardus had given up all season.
Another complete game was in order on Friday when the freshman shut down Monmouth, striking out three and allowing just two unearned runs.
Finally, she came out of the bullpen to squelch a Wisconsin-Green Bay rally in the seventh inning on Friday evening, keeping the game tied at two. Lupardus got hte victory when Annie Kinsey's single won the game for Penn in the bottom of the seventh.