Tommie junior Kierstin Anderson-Glass on Wednesday was announced as Division III National Pitcher of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
After missing the last two seasons recovering from a concussion, Anderson-Glass has been a difference maker on the mound and at the plate in 2019. Her play is a huge reason why St. Thomas is off to a 33-5 start, has a No. 2 national ranking, and in the midst of another MIAC championship bid.
In a 6-0 week for the Tommies, Anderson-Glass went 4-0 with no runs allowed against Augsburg, UW-Stout and Concordia-Moorhead. The Inver Grove Heights native and Visitation High grad allowed no runs, no walks, just nine hits and struck out 20 over 19.1 innings of work. She took a perfect game into the final inning against Stout on Friday, but yielded an one-out single before retiring the last two batters in order.
On Tuesday, Anderson-Glass threw 6 2-3 shutout innings in a home doubleheader against Macalester. That runs her scoreless streak to 29 innings, and in that span she has 29 strikeouts and no walks.
She has committed just one error in 41 chances on defense, and at the plate she's batting .315 with five doubles among 17 hits.
In 2016, Anderson-Glass led all freshmen pitchers at all 974 NCAA softball programs in Divisions 1, II and III in both strikeouts (233) and wins (30).
In her 47-8 career record, Anderson-Glass has at least one pitching win over all 11 MIAC opponents.
She has an impressive 11-to-1 career strikeout-to-walk ratio with 330 strikeouts and only 28 walks in 333 innings. This season in her 17-3 won-loss record, Anderson-Glass has 97 strikeouts and 11 walks in 114 innings.
Earlier this season, Tommie senior Chase Shortly won a similar award as NFCA National Player of the Week.
Weather permitting, St. Thomas is home Saturday to face St. Catherine in two important games among the league's first- and second-place teams.