Feb. 23, 2009
Auburn, Ala. -
Auburn junior pitcher Anna Thompson was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week after posting a 3-0 record without allowing a run and racking up 44 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched.
"We are all very happy for Anna to get this type of recognition for the tremendous performance she gave last week," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "She has pitched very well the last couple weeks, mixing her pitches and keeping hitters off-balance."
For Thompson, a native of Huntsville, Ala., who attended Grissom High School, it is the first time to earn SEC Pitcher of the Week honors, despite being named to the All-SEC Second Team in 2008 and the Freshman All-SEC Team in 2007.
Thompson set a single-game school record by striking out 18 batters against Middle Tennessee on Feb. 20. Thompson eclipsed the previous single-game high of 17 set in 2004 by Kristen Keyes against Fresno State.
In the 4-0 win over Middle Tennessee, the first 14 outs of the game were all strikeouts and Thompson allowed just one hit, a single in the sixth inning. Only three outs in the game were non-strikeouts, with two infield pop ups and one foul out to first base.
Overall last week, Thompson did not allow more than two hits in a single game over the four-game span and held three opponents (Troy, Winthrop and Middle Tennessee) to just one hit. Purdue was the only team to tally two hits against Thompson.
In a relief appearance against Troy on Feb. 17, Thompson entered the game with the go-ahead run on in the fifth inning and promptly retired the next 10 batters as Auburn won 3-2 in nine innings.
Thompson struck out 63 percent of all batters faced (44-of-70) in the four games last week and, with the three wins, moved into a tie for fourth place on the Auburn career victories list with 35.
Additionally, Thompson became the third pitcher in Auburn history to eclipse the 600 strikeout plateau after her 18 strikeout performance against Middle Tennessee. Thompson is currently third on the Auburn career strikeouts list with 616, just 166 shy of tying Holly Currie for first place with 782.
The Tigers stand at 14-2 on the season, with Thompson leading the way with an 8-1 record, a 1.05 ERA, an SEC leading 89 strikeouts and a .137 opponent's batting average. Auburn returns to action Feb. 27-March 1 at the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. Auburn plays No. 17 Nevada in the first game Friday at 1:15 p.m. CT.