Almond Awarded MWC Pitcher of the Week

Freshman pitcher Tori Almond was awarded MWC Pitcher of the Week after wins over LBSU and No. 9 UCLA (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS -- BYU freshman pitcher Tori Almond has been named MWC Pitcher of the Week for games played from March 7-13 after her efforts in two wins last week at the Long Beach Invitational.

The honor is the first for Almond and the third for the Cougars this season.

Almond, a 6-1 freshman from South Jordan, Utah, started and earned the wins against host Long Beach State (2-0) and No. 9 UCLA (6-4). She set a new career-high with seven strikeouts against LBSU, pitching 6.1 scoreless innings.

Against UCLA, Almond matched her seven strikeouts and went three up, three down by retiring the Bruin side in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. The freshman gave up just four hits to the Bruins in 5.1 innings pitched and held the the defending national champions to a combined .192 batting average after they came into the game sporting an average of .319 on the year.

University of New Mexico catcher/designated player Jessica Garcia was named MWC Player of the Week.