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Reichard earns weekly award for lights-out pitching

Former Forest Grove softball standout gets some recognition from conference coaches

After recording a pair of victories in the pitching circle — while surrendering just one earned run and striking out 14 batters in 12 innings — Pacific junior Marissa Reichard has been named the Northwest Conference Softball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week.

Reichard, who graduated from Forest Grove High School in 2012, is second in the NWC with a 0.53 ERA, and she finished last week with two of Pacific’s four victories.

In the Boxers’ 7-2 triumph over Northwest Christian last Thursday, Reichard struck out six in five innings of work. She held the Beacons to two runs, one earned, in game one of the teams’ nonconference doubleheader.

Pacific topped the Northwest (Wash.) Eagles 3-2 in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday, when Reichard tossed a complete game shutout while striking out eight. In her lone plate appearance over the last week, Reichard aided her own cause with a game-winning single against Northwest.

Reichard held opponents to a .185 batting average with no runners on base over the past week as she sat opponents down in order in six total innings and only allowed leadoff batters to reach base in four of her 12 innings pitched.

Across the conference, Reichard is currently second in earned run average, third in wins and fourth in strikeouts.

Reichard returned to the circle for the Boxers in 2015 after missing her sophomore season to injury. As a freshman, Reichard was both a first team All-NWC selection and third team All-West Region honoree.

Reichard has twice been named NWC Softball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week, having previously received recognition on Feb. 26, 2013.


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