Apr. 8, 2020
Things just keep escalating for Biola's fantastic ace Reba DePriest. She begins the week with school player of the week honors, then is named Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honors and caps it all off with a NAIA National Pitcher of the Week award.
DePriest was on fire all week long between March 23-29, earning a 4-0 record while leading the team to a 5-1 mark on the week, including a doubleheader sweep of No. 8 CSU San Marcos.
"This was a week that we knew was really big, and so we were really trying to channel her energy into what we needed to do, because anywhere Reba decides to go is where we will go as a team," said Head Coach Lorie Coleman.
This week Reba, and the team, decided to show up in a big, big way. She threw 22.1 innings and allowed zero earned runs in four displays of absolute dominance.
The senior recorded 36 strikeouts in her four outings, getting as many as 13 in a game. That 13-strikeout game came in her most impressive outing of the week, a complete game shutout over the No. 8 Cougars. In that game, DePriest went straight at one of the best hitters in the nation, Naomi Amu, and held her to just 1-for-4 and striking her out three times.
She was nearly unhittable throughout the week, hurling 5.2 hitless innings against Arizona Christian on Friday before finishing the other of her two complete game shutouts with just two hits allowed. She allowed two, three and three hits in her other three outings, posting a 0.72 WHIP for the week.
"Things are really starting to come together and gel," said Coleman. "Reba is really starting to see the big picture of what she can do for this team. We can win a national championship."
DePriest leads the NAIA in wins (16) and strikeouts (183) this season. She's got an ERA of 1.71 over a team-leading 127.0 innings pitched this year. This is the first NAIA National Pitcher/Player of the Week honor in Biola Softball history.
The No. 16 Eagles are back in action this Thursday for a pre-Spring Break doubleheader at NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific.
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