MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's pitcher Lujane Mussadi has shown early in the season that, though still a freshman, sometimes talent and a will to continue improving simply trumps experience.
The Los Gatos, Calif. native continues to pitch well for the Gaels, and Tuesday she earned her second Pacific Coast Softball Conference Pitcher of the Week award for a strong weekend against Utah Valley.
Mussadi allowed just one unearned run in 21 2/3 innings last weekend, winning both games she started against the Wolverines. She struck out a career-high seven in a 5-1 win on Saturday, then pitched all 10 innings in a 1-0 win on Sunday.
""When she's on, it's hard for teams to adjust. She got us two big wins (this weekend). We needed those," Saint Mary's coach Jessica Hanaseth-Rodgers said Sunday. "To see that, especially in her freshman year in the opening conference weekend, is huge. That gives us that comfort that we can rely on her."
As a result of her strong play lately, Mussadi's ERA continues to go lower and lower. Entering Wednesday's game against UC Santa Barbara, Mussadi ranks third in the PCSC with a 1.80 ERA.