Ashley Marino enjoyed pitching her first collegiate no-hitter so much, the Springfield College sophomore did it again.
Marino, a Harrison graduate, tossed her second no-hitter of the season and, as a result, was selected as the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference softball pitcher of the week for the second time this season.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts became Marinos second no-hitter in a 17-day span. Her first no-no came against Clark.
Throwing a second no-hitter was a great feeling, and experience, especially with it being at the college level, said Marino, a physical education major. My teammates and coaches were so proud. I could not have done it without them.
Marino, who pitched Harrison to the 2009 Section 1 Class A softball final, is having an excellent year. She is currently 12-6 with a 1.18 earned run average in 18 games. Marino has 89 strikeouts in 101 innings, allowing only 64 hits and 17 earned runs. She has five shutouts and the opposition is hitting a meager .177 against her.
With each game and pitch she throws, Marino continues to get stronger. She attributes this to the combination of throwing in practice and games.
Marino is a major reason Springfield is seeded first in the NEWMAC Softball Championships, beginning on Tuesday, April 24.
Being the NEWMAC pitcher twice in a season is definitely an accomplishment, Marino said. I work extremely hard every practice and game so I am happy things are working out the way I prepare. My team has a huge impact on me getting that award because they have my back for every pitch during the game.
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