Dowling's Stavola Named NFCA National Pitcher of the Week

Dowling's Stavola Named NFCA National Pitcher of the Week

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Jessie Stavola (Montauk, NY) of Dowling has been named the NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week for games played March 14-20, 2011.

Stavola was nothing short of dominant for Dowling last week as she went 3-0 with a save over 20.2 innings of work. The junior allowed no runs, earned or unearned, off of four hits on the week, while walking only three and striking out 47.

The Montauk, N.Y. native posted at least 10 strikeouts in each of her three complete games on the week and struck out seven of eight batters over 2.2 innings in her lone relief appearances. Out of the 68 batters that Stavola faced on the week, she sat down 47 of them to give her a strikeout percentage of 69.1 percent.

Stavola is currently 6-0 on the year and has yet to allow an earned or unearned run in any of her seven appearances. With 88 strikeouts and just 10 walks so far this season, she entered the new week averaging 16.3 strikeouts per seven innings and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8.8:1

The 22nd-ranked Golden Lions are currently 10-1 after suffering their first loss of the year on Tuesday at the hands of No. 18 Augustana (SD). Dowling will close out is Florida trip on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Florida Southern, before returning to New York for doubleheaders with NYIT and Adelphi this weekend.

Provided by the NFCA.