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CSU's Russell named NFCA National Pitcher of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mollie Russell was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Pitcher of the Week after guiding the Columbus State softball team to their second consecutive Peach Belt Conference Tournament, announced by the organization Wednesday afternoon.

Despite the rainy and harsh weather conditions, Russell dominated from the outset as she tossed a three-hit shutout against tournament host Flagler in the quarterfinals.  In the semifinals, the right-hander limited No. 2 Armstrong to just one run as the Lady Cougars prevailed 5-1. She struck out three without issuing a walk. 

The 2013 PBC Pitcher of the Year saved her best performance for the championship game as Russell fired a two-hit shutout over then-No. 14. Georgia College. In the contest, she struck out nine batters while allowing just one free pass.

For the tournament, Russell worked 21 innings allowing one run on 13 hits.  She registered 17 strikeouts and walked only three batters.  For her efforts, she was named the tournament Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

In two PBC Tournament appearances, Russell has been untouchable as she's allowed three runs (one earned) over 42 innings of work on just 21 hits.  The Decatur, Ala. native has held opponents to just a .143 (21-for-146) batting average against in both tournaments.

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