PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Jessie Lupardus earned last week's Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors, the league office announced last week. Lupardus, who is now 8-1 with two saves, was 5-1 with an ERA of 0.39 when the award was announced.
Lupardus is quickly establishing herself as an ace for the Quakers' pitching staff. As of the announcement, Lupardus was 5-1 with a save, having given up just two runs in 36.0 innings.
On March 4, Lupardus pitched her first collegiate shutout when she earned a 4-0 victory over Delaware, giving up just three hits to the Blue Hens. In the process, she also knocked her first collegiate hit, a single in the seventh inning.
At the Rebel Spring Games last week, she was just as masterful. Against Tennessee-Martin on Sunday, she pitched another complete game, scattering five hits and giving up just one run. On Monday against IPFW, Lupardus came in to close down a 4-3 victory for Penn in extra innings. Despite playing with tiebreaker rules that allowed both teams to put a runner on second base at the start of each extra frame, the freshman hurler held IPFW scoreless in the eighth, giving Penn the victory.
She followed that with a three-hit shutout of Butler, the same team which had put up seven runs on the Quakers the day before. On Tuesday, Lupardus improved the Quakers' record to 6-3, 4-1 at the Rebel Spring Games, when she pitched up her second consecutive shutout. This time, she outdueled Brenna Reed of Robert Morris to secure a 1-0 victory for Penn, striking out nine RMU batters, her highest strikeout total of the year. Lupardus went 4-0 with a save over the week, giving up just one run in 29.0 innings over that span.