After posting a 3-1 week that included Nebraska’s first road victory over a ranked team since 2007, senior right-hander Molly Hill was named the Big 12 Softball Pitcher of the Week on Monday by the league office.
Hill appeared in four games last week going 3-1 with a 0.48 ERA. A native of Wayne, Neb., Hill dominated opposing hitters, who hit just .139 against her and recorded only one extra-base hit.
Her week started with a career-high nine-inning complete game against North Dakota State. Hill tossed a five-hitter in game one against the Bison allowing only one run. She then came on in relief in game two, tossing five hitless innings to earn the win. In the doubleheader against NDSU, Hill threw more than 200 pitches and allowed only two balls to leave the infield in 14.0 combined innings.
Hill’s next start came at 19th-ranked Texas A&M in the Huskers’ Big 12 Conference opener. She was solid in the first game against the Aggies, tossing a five-hitter while allowing only one earned run, which scored without the aid of a hit. In game two, Hill handed Texas A&M its first conference loss at home in nearly two seasons by tossing another nine-inning complete game. She did not allow an earned run in picking up the victory while allowing just four hits.
On the season, Hill is now 13-4 with a 1.13 ERA. She ranks second among all Big 12 pitchers in wins and ERA, while tying for the league lead with two saves.
The weekly honor is the second of Hill’s career, as she also won the award in 2007, when she led the Big 12 with a 1.05 ERA. Hill’s selection gives the Huskers three weekly awards this season, as freshman right-hander Ashley Hagemann was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 10 and sophomore infielder Julie Brechtel was named the Big 12 Player of the Week on March 16.
Hill and her Husker teammates open a seven-game homestand on Tuesday with a doubleheader against South Dakota State beginning at 3 p.m.