Stephanie Schoonover Crowned SEC Pitcher of the Week

Stephanie Schoonover Crowned SEC Pitcher of the Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky Softball’s Stephanie Schoonover was crowned the Southeastern Conference’s Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon. It is the second SEC weekly honor for Schoonover, who was also the pitcher of the week once in 2023.

Schoonover was 3-0 on opening weekend with wins over No. 3 Stanford, RV Minnesota and an opening day win vs. UC Santa Barbara. Schoonover outdueled Ni’jaree Canady in an extra-innings affair, throwing 8.0 innings without allowing an earned run as Kentucky stunned the Cardinal 3-2 in extra innings. Schoonover had nine strikeouts in her season debut with just three hits allowed as UK moved to 1-0 with a win over UC Santa Barbara.

To cap off the weekend, Schoonover entered with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in a tied game vs. Minnesota and got a strikeout, followed by getting two K’s to end the eighth inning without allowing a run in the international tiebreak as Kentucky secured a 4-1 weekend and was crowned champs of the Aztec Season Kickoff.

With Schoonover’s assistance, Kentucky has allowed two runs or less in its first five games of the season for the first time in program history. UK will head south this weekend to Clearwater, Florida to compete in the 2024 Shriners Children’s ESPN Elite Invitational beginning Thursday as it faces North Carolina, Wisconsin, Washington, UCF and Texas.

SEC Awards – Week 1

Player Rylie West, Tennessee
Pitcher Stephanie Schoonover, Kentucky
Co-Freshman Lauren Johnson, Alabama and Olivia Miller, Florida


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