Maryville College's Casey Joliff earned USA South pitcher of the Week, after the junior right-hander pitched 11 innings without allowing a hit.
Joliff tossed a complete game no-hitter against Agnes Scott College on Sunday, 8-0, while pitching 6.0 innings without a hit against Huntingdon College.
"That's good for her, and it's great to see her stepping up, especially in the postseason," Head Coach Leah Kelley said. "In the post season, you need a couple pitchers stepping up and throwing well for us. She's stepped up in a couple moments that we've needed her – big moments. She's came in during relief and shut down their hitters to give our offense an opportunity to score some runs. It's great to see her throwing well right now."
Against Huntingdon College, Joliff came in as relief. She pitched 6.0 innings without a hit or run. The St. Johns, Fla. native walked only two while striking out one in the loss.
On Sunday, Joliff aided the Scots in claiming their first-ever USA South Regular Season Title. The championship is the first of its kind for the MC softball program since 2009 when the Scots won the Great South Athletic Conference.
Joliff pitched a no-hitter in the five-inning ballgame to earn the outright title. The Creekside product walked only one, as another reached on a fielding error. Joliff struck out three in the game to earn the win.
She pitched a streak of 13.1 innings without a hit, before it was ended in today's game against Tennessee Wesleyan University.
On the year, Joliff has tossed 53.2 innings of work, while allowing just 16 earned runs. She's give up 43 hits and struck out 18. The junior has four wins and a pair of saves on the season, while holding a 2.09 ERA – the second-lowest on the squad.
"She's doing a great job," Kelley said. "She's been stepping up in the postseason. She struggled a little bit early on, but that's ok. That's part of it. You're going to have pitchers that struggle, and you're going to have pitchers stepping up. Right now, we have a pitcher struggling, and Joliff is stepping up. That's the good team balance that we're having right now. I'm excited to see how Casey continues to throw for us this postseason."
MC will face Wesleyan College (Ga.) in the first round Saturday with an if-needed game on Sunday. The Scots take on No. 5-ranked Berry College on Tuesday, April 10.