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Morgan garners all-conference honors

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Rachel Morgan of Clackamas last week was named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference second team of conference softball all-stars.

Morgan, a sophomore pitcher for the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, this season led the Devils in nearly every pitching category. The right-handed hurler won 11 games on the regular season, becoming only the third pitcher in school history to win ten or more games in a season.

Morgan this year set a USP single season strikeout record, at 123. She sports a 1.36 ERA, with opponents hitting .216 against her.

In regular season play, Morgan ranked third in conference in earned run average, third in strikeouts per seven innings (6.71), third in opponents' batting average, sixth in strikeouts and seventh in wins.

Morgan ranked 42nd nationally among NCAA Division II pitchers in earned run average and 59th in strikeouts per seven innings.

Morgan was also honored last week as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II softball 'Pitcher of the Week.'

The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with 321 Division I, II, and III colleges and universities.

Morgan is the first softball pitcher in USP school history to be honored by the ECAC. The sophomore hurler helped lead the Devils to a 5-1 week and a berth in the upcoming CACC playoffs, posting a perfect 4-0 record along with her first career save. For the week, Morgan recorded 27 strikeouts in 29-1/3 innings of work, while allowing just four earned runs in wins over Holy Family University (1-0 in eight innings and 7-3), Philadelphia University (10-2 and 7-5) and Dominican College (3-2).

Morgan is the first USP pitcher to record 100 or more strikeouts in a season.

Morgan is a pharmaceutical marketing/management major at the University of the Sciences.