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March 25, 2002

Jeffs earns top LEC honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The star pitcher on the Plymouth State College softball team has received two weekly honors from the Little East Conference for her outstanding performance in the opening week of the season.

PSC freshman Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) was selected the LEC Pitcher of the Week as well as LEC Rookie of the Week. The freshman sensation was honored after turning in a record-breaking performance on PSC's spring trip to begin her collegiate career.

A rookie right-hander, Jeffs finished the week with a 5-0 record and one save in eight appearances. She allowed just 21 hits and five runs (two earned) in 52.1 innings of work for a sparkling 0.27 earned run average. Jeffs tossed three one-hit shutouts, blanking Framingham State, Amherst and Bowdoin. She had a perfect game broken up against Amherst with two outs in the seventh inning, and had no-hitters stopped in the sixth inning of the other two.

Just 10 games into the season, Jeffs has already broken the PSC single-game and single-season strikeout records, as she fanned 91 batters while walking just two. The previous Panther season mark was 58 strikeouts by Jen Moulton in 1999. Jeffs whiffed at least nine batters in seven of her eight appearances, including double-figure strikeouts five times. Her 17-K effort against Amherst broke the PSC mark of 13 set by Charleen Leary in 1987.

Jeffs helped PSC to a 7-1-2 overall record on its spring trip, the best mark the Panthers have ever had in Florida.

The Panthers are scheduled to open the LEC portion of the schedule this Saturday (Mar. 30) with a twinbill at Eastern Connecticut (1:00 p.m.). ECSU and PSC were picked fifth and sixth, respectively, in the LEC preseason poll.