Big Week Earns Armagost Pitcher Of The Week Honors
For the first time in 2013 senior Nikki Armagost earned Big West Pitcher of the Week honors as the Tigers' ace earned the award for her work during the week ending on Feb. 17. The award was the first of the year for the Tigers and the fourth pitcher of the week award for Armagost and first since May 9, 2011. Overall, the honor marks the seventh weekly award as a field player or pitcher for Armagost.
Pitching three times throughout the week, Armagost was perfect in the circle as the fourth-year ace went 3-0 in two starts and one relief appearance while posting a 0.40 ERA and 14 strikeouts. Armagost began her week with a hard fought seven-inning shutout of Sacramento State on the road on Tuesday afternoon.
Throughout the contest, Armagost worked her way out of a handful of jams to keep the Hornets at bay as she gave up five hits and struck out five in the contest. With one win under her belt, Armagost and the Tigers headed to Waco, Texas to take part in the Miken Classic hosted by Baylor. Kicking off the tournament in style, Armagost, along with her pitching mate freshman Carly Mortensen, threw the Tigers first no-hitter since the 2001 season. Throwing four innings of a five-inning run-shortened contest, Armagost held the Islanders in check while her offense posted 11 runs.
Despite giving up two unearned runs in the contest, Armagost ran her unearned streak to 18 straight innings to begin the 2013 season. Armagost's streak of unearned runs would end at 22 in her second appearance of the weekend as the senior finally gave up an earned run in the fifth inning of Pacific's 10-4 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday night. Entering the game in relief in the first inning, Armagost stymied a hot Bear offense that had the bases loaded and three runs on the board against the Tigers in a semi-final matchup at the Miken Classic. Despite relinquishing the run, Armagost went 6.1 innings to grab the victory as she gave up five hits and struck out six to lead Pacific into the championship contest.
For her play, Armagost earned all-tournament honors as Pacific finished second at the Classic and finished the week 4-2 overall.