BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mississippi State sophomore pitcher Alexis Silkwood of East Alton received another softball award from the Southeastern Conference.
Continuing her stellar stretch that began nearly two weeks ago, Silkwood was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week for the second time in as many weeks, the league office has announced.. The Marquette Catholic High graduate went 2-0 on the week with an ERA of 0.00 in 16 innings. Her two wins were complete-game shutouts and her third appearance was a save. She allowed just six hits on the week and struck out 12.
“Wow, I am so thankful for many blessings, this was earned with the hard work and dedication of a team that's more, we are family,” Silkwood said. “I wouldn't want to be with anyone else out there on the field. Both the defense and offense are making plays and getting timely hits. Everyone's pulling on the rope. This is definitely a team award and honor. I am very thankful and proud to be a part of the Bulldog family."
It marks the sixth league weekly honor Silkwood has earned in her career and the second this season after having been named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week on March 30. Silkwood is the first pitcher in MSU history to be named SEC Pitcher of the Week twice in one season.
Silkwood went seven shutout innings at Lipscomb on March 31 and Arkansas on April 4. She allowed just two and three hits in each game, respectively.
Since throwing her first career no-hitter at Southern Mississippi on March 25, Silkwood is 4-1 with a 0.58 ERA in five complete games and three complete-game shutouts. Overall, the left-hander is 21-7 with a 2.38 ERA in 159 innings. She has recorded 164 strikeouts. In addition, Silkwood is batting .340 with two home runs and 16 RBIs with 50 at-bats as an outfielder.
“Silkwood is the definition of competitor,” MSU coach Vann Stuedeman said. “I am proud for her and our team. She truly believes in her teammates and that this is a team honor. This is a tough honor to receive because there are so many great pitchers in the league."
In the midst of her fourth season, Stuedeman has now had seven of her Bulldog pitchers receive SEC Pitcher of the Week honors.
Silkwood leads the conference in wins (20) and innings pitched (154.0), while ranking second in strikeouts (163) for the Bulldogs, 29-10 overall.