Crown of RVC nabs third NJCAA Pitcher of the Week award

Crown of RVC nabs third NJCAA Pitcher of the Week award

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Rock Valley College's Breanna Crown as the Division III Pitcher of the Week for April 30-May 6 (Week 15). This is Crown's third Pitcher of the Week award after also winning it following Week 7 and Week 12, while the Golden Eagles have earned an impressive total of four national weekly awards in 2018. 

Crown, a freshman from Davis Junction, Illinois, posted wins over Cuyahoga Community College (OH) and Joliet Junior College during the week, as well as a save against the Wolves. Crown went five innings and allowed one earned run on seven hits with three strikeouts in the 10-2 defeat of Cuyahoga. Then at the Region IV Division III Tournament, she tossed a five-inning, two-hit shutout with a pair of K's to lead RVC to a 13-0 semifinal victory over Joliet. One day later, Crown returned to the circle for the final 2 1/3 innings and surrendered just one hit while retiring three batters via strikeout in a 10-7 win for her first save of the season as the Golden Eagles claimed their fifth consecutive Region IV title. For the week, Crown pitched 12-plus innings and allowed one earned run on ten hits and struck out eight batters.

The four-time defending national champions will return to the NJCAA Division III National Championships, starting May 17 in Rochester, Minnesota.