Caitlyn Calhoun accounted for three of VSU's four wins this past week, and for the second straight week, the Hamilton, Ohio native is the Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week.
"It is an honor to receive this award again," said Calhoun after learning of the GSC's announcement on Tuesday. "But, it's only possible because I have such an amazing team behind me. I know that, no matter what, they are going to have my back."
In the opening weeks of the 2015 Valdosta State softball season, Caitlyn Calhoun has quickly established herself as one of the league's top pitchers. As of Tuesday, the junior has more wins than any other pitcher in the GSC and she is second in the conference in strikeouts.
Last week, Calhoun put in 20 innings of work and posted a 3-0 record with one shutout. She allowed just two runs and held opponents to a .181 batting average. Each of her three wins were complete game efforts, and she struck out 29 batters while allowing just two walks. In addition, Calhoun did not allow an extra base hit over the course of the entire week.
Calhoun's confidence level has increased noticeably as her innings have increased this season, and she credits both the offensive and defensive effort of her teammates with her success so far this season.
"I have complete confidence that my team is going to field any ball that gets hit," Calhoun added. "I also know that they are going to manufacture runs on offense. They make my job easier, and I am blessed to have them behind me."
On the year, Calhoun is 6-1 and has dropped her earned run average to a miniscule 0.89. She has retired 51 batters by way of the strikeout and has allowed only seven walks in the process. In her 47 innings pitched, she has allowed just six earned runs and has tallied three shutouts.
Calhoun and the Blazers will host the 2015 home opener this weekend in Valdosta, Ga. at Steel's Diamond at Blazer Park against the visiting Argonauts of West Florida. The three game series begins with a double header on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m.
***Valdosta State Athletics