Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
HILLSBORO, Ore. - For the third time this season, Pacific Lutheran University softball softball student-athlete Marissa Miller is the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week, securing the accolade on Monday after a dominant weekend inside the circle against crosstown rival University of Puget Sound.
The Edgewood, Washington native concluded the weekend series with a 0.54 earned run average, striking out eight while collecting two complete game victories. Miller allowed just one earned run and struck out five in a 7-1 victory over the Loggers on Friday afternoon before capping off the weekend on Saturday by allowing no earned runs and fanning three in a 12-2 victory. Miller's efforts helped the Lutes (20-14, 16-12 NWC) return to the NWC Tournament for the first time since 2013.
Miller previously won NWC Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 6 and Mar. 6 while fellow pitcher Elli Rassbach claimed the award on Feb. 27 after tossing a no-hitter against Pacific University.
The Lutes open postseason play on Friday, facing Linfield College at 2:30 p.m. in the double-elimination NWC Tournament held in Spokane, Washington.