Softball | Fournier recognized by NCAA for lowest ERA and strikeout rate
Published: Monday, September 10, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012 07:09
After putting together perhaps the most impressive single season of pitching in Tufts softball history, sophomore Allyson Fournier has been recognized by the NCAA for her accomplishments. The organization has officially named Fournier as the statistical champion amongst all Div. III pitchers in both ERA and strikeouts per seven innings.
Her sterling 0.55 ERA came on the back of a program-record 12 shutouts, including three perfect games. Her final ERA was 0.18 lower than that of second-place finisher Molly Rathbun of Eastern Connecticut, who Fournier took on head-to-head in an NCAA Regional Final game in May. The Jumbos won that game 5-0, earning their second trip to the Div. III College World Series.
Fournier also posted an impressive 12.1 strikeouts per seven innings, nearly a full strikeout more than the second-best total nationally. She did so by becoming the first Tufts pitcher to ever eclipse 300 strikeouts in a single season, finishing with 307. Her largest single-game total came on May 4 in a NESCAC tournament game against Middlebury, in which she struck out 19 in eight innings.