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Nevada's Kendall Fritz earns MW honor on eve of Nevada's biggest series of season

Kendall Fritz
Nevada's Kendall Fritz won the Mountain West pitcher of the week honor for the second time this season. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Nevada's Kendall Fritz was named the Mountain West softball pitcher of the week for the second time this season, the conference announced Tuesday.

In a series win over Colorado State, Fritz went 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 15 innings. He struck out five batters and allowed one earned run on six hits over seven innings in a 5-3 series-opening win over Colorado State. She also got the win in the series finale, a 4-3 victory in eight innings. Fritz pitched a complete game and struck out five Rams while allowing just one earned run.

The Frisco, Texas native is 8-3 with a 3.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 84.2 innings in 2021. She also has three saves. Fritz is fourth in the MW in wins and strikeouts.

“Kendall continues to prove that she is one of the top pitchers in the Mountain West,” Nevada head coach Josh Taylor said in a news release. “She earned every bit of this honor with her performance this past weekend against Colorado State.”

Nevada is 17-11 overall and 11-4 in MW play (when includes three forfeits from SJSU), putting it in third place in the conference. The Wolf Pack has three MW series left this season, against Fresno State (11-1 in MW), UNLV (13-2 in MW) and Boise State (8-4 in MW). Along with Nevada, those are the top three teams in the conference.

The Wolf Pack has a chance to overtake Fresno State (27-7) for first place in the MW with its three-game series at the Bulldogs starting Saturday. Fresno State was second among "others receiving votes" in the latest USA Today/NFCA coaches poll.

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