April 27, 2009

Hannah Fraijo Named Big West Pitcher of the Week

April 27, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge freshman Hannah Fraijo was named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. Fraijo finished the weekend a perfect 2-0 against UC Riverside, not allowing a run in 11 innings of work against the Highlanders.

"I am pretty happy to receive this award," Fraijo said. "I have had to make some adjustments since starting Division I softball and it is exciting to be recognized by the conference. Playing against tough competition has made me a better player and getting the sweep over UC Riverside this past weekend gives the team a great boost of confidence."

Fraijo was outstanding in her two appearances for Northridge against UC Riverside. In game one, she tossed 6.2 innings, scattering five hits and walking two while registering three strikeouts as the Matadors took a 1-0 decision. In game three, she took over in relief and tossed 4.1 innings of one-hit softball as Northridge rallied for a 5-3 victory on senior day.

For the season, Fraijo is 7-2 with a 2.39 ERA and 49 K's in 82 innings of work. The seven wins are tied for 10th in the Big West Conference and she also checks in at eighth in earned run average and fourth with a .220 batting-average-against.

"I would just like to thank my teammates for playing great defense and backing me up in some tough situations," Fraijo added. "I also want to thank my family for their support and getting out to the games this weekend. It is always good to have that support in the stands."

CSUN's 5-3 win on Sunday was memorable for several reasons in addition to Fraijo's performance. The win was a come-from-behind victory that saw Northridge score three runs in the bottom of the sixth and also finalized a series sweep of the Highlanders. Also, the win earned Matador Head Coach Barbara Jordan her 200th career victory, becoming only the 10th coach in league history to accomplish the milestone.

"Hannah did a great job for us this weekend and is getting tougher as the season has gone on," Jordan added. "It is nice to see Hannah peaking at the right time of the year." 

Fraijo and the Matadors return to action on Saturday with a doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton. The two teams will then play a single game on Sunday with both days slated to start at noon at Anderson Family Field in Fullerton.

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