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Waracka selected as NFCA softball pitcher of the week


The beginning of March must be something special for University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Amber Waracka as she has been named the NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week for the second time in two seasons for games played during the same stretch.

Between March 7-13 of this year, Waracka won all three games in which she appeared and ended the stretch with 0.00 ERA, 19 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of just 0.93. She allowed just five hits and threw two-complete game shutouts.

One of the Kahalu‘u, Hawai‘i native’s shutouts came in the form of a 2-0 win over then fifth-ranked Hawai‘i Pacific in which she allowed just two hits and four walks. All three of Waracka’s wins last week came in the span of just 24 hours as the Vulcans schedule had to be adjusted due to the tsunami threat facing the islands
For the season, Waracka is 3-2 over 26.1 inning of work with a 1.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts. She also holds her team’s lowest opponent’s batting average at just .188.

Last year, Waracka was named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week for games played March 8-14.

She won all five games she appeared in during that span allowing no runs, 11 hits and just eight walks over 28.2 innings of work. She limited her opponents to a miniscule .118 batting average on the week, while striking out 31 of them.

Waracka tossed a no-hitter against Dominican (CA), a one-hitter vs. Dominican (CA) and a two-hitter against Notre Dame De Namur. Waracka notched four complete-game shutouts and finished with a 0.00 ERA.

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