Kent State Athletics
Huck and Speers Sweep Weekly Conference Awards
2/20/2018 2:25:00 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Kent State swept this week's Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week awards as Madi Huck garnered Pitcher of the Week and Holly Speers took home Player of the Week honors. Huck was also named the collegesportsmadness.com Mid-American Conference Player of the Week.
"It was a great team effort this weekend highlighted by those two stellar performances. We are all thrilled for Madi and Holly," said head coach Eric Oakley.
Huck had a sensational weekend inside the circle racking up three victories and throwing two complete game shutouts. She finished the weekend with an ERA of 0.00 in 16 innings of work with opponents only hitting .182 against her. Dating back to last season, Huck tossed 25.2 consecutive scoreless innings. The streak was snapped when she came on in relief in extra innings against Rider, with the international tiebreaker rule in effect.
In her first start of the campaign against Coastal Carolina, she thwarted the Chanticleers' bats and hurled a complete game shutout, the first of her career. Huck was dominant and allowed only four hits in the 1-0 pitcher's duel victory. It was the first time Coastal Carolina had been shutout all season. The next day she picked up where she left off and fired a complete-game shutout against UConn in Kent State's 10-0 victory. She scattered five Huskie hits and allowed one walk with two strikeouts. It was the first time Kent State shutout a school from the American Athletic Conference in program history. Huck was called out of the bullpen against Rider and threw two frames of extra innings in Kent State's 10-9 nine-inning win over the Broncs. She allowed two runs, both unearned, and was the pitcher of record and registered her third victory of the weekend.
Holly Speers belted a home run and drove in seven while hitting .643 and led the Flashes to win four of their five games on the weekend. She recorded three multi-hit games and had an on-base percentage of .688. Speers tallied three extra-base hits with a home run and two doubles with a slugging percentage of 1.000 and had nine hits with two walks in 14 at-bats. To open the weekend, she was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI versus Robert Morris. Against UConn, she was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a two-run double in Kent State's 10-1 win. She had her best game of the weekend against Rider going 4-of-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored in the Flashes wild extra inning 10-9 win over the Broncs. Closing out the weekend against Lafayette, she was 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk in Kent State's monster 11-3 five-inning win against the Leopards.
Kent State (4-1) will play at the EMU Madeira Beach Tournament later this week Feb. 23-25 and play Delaware, Nicholls, Middle Tennessee, Albany and Villanova. The complete schedule can be found on kentstatesports.com.