KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Katie Cotta of Concordia (Calif.) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Softball Pitcher of the Week and Stephanie Nippert of Corban (Ore.) has been named the NAIA National Softball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. The duo was chosen, based on their performances from March 11 - 17 out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 21 conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Cotta, a 5-foot-6 senior from Stockton, Calif., has now thrown a school-record four-straight no-hitters, including two last week. She struck out 44 batters in 21 innings and only allowed five base runners. She held down hitters from Hope International (Calif.) on March 12 and Vanguard (Calif.) on March 16 in a pair of 5-0 wins.
Currently, Cotta ranks second in the nation in strikeouts (143), 10th in ERA (.210), and 11th in wins (11). Cotta leads the Golden State Athletic Conference in all three of those categories. She has now thrown a school-record nine career no hitters, with five this season. She is 11-1 on the year with eight complete games and 74.0 innings pitched.
On Tuesday against Biola, Cotta set a school-record with 17 strikeouts, allowing only three base runners. She improved to 11-1, walking only one batter.
She is the first Eagle to win a National Award for softball this season.
Concordia improved to 27-2 and 6-0 in the GSAC with their 23rd straight win and new No. 1 ranking.
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