Feb. 9, 2015
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University sophomore Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) was named the Conference USA co-Pitcher of the Week for her season-opening performances this last weekend, the league office announced today.
Dixon provided commanding performances for the Herd in the Charleston Challenge, going 5-0 in Marshall's first five games.
Dixon also finished the weekend with a 0.31 ERA in 28 and 2/3 innings, with 42 strikeouts. In her first appearance of the season, Dixon moved into ninth place in Marshall history for total strikeouts, passing Caitlyn Jackson's 247.
In the game against UMass-Lowell, Dixon threw 11 consecutive strikeouts in relief and 13 total, one shy of her career high set last season.
She also only allowed one earned run and 13 hits in three starts and five total appearances.
Dixon is the first Marshall Pitcher of the Week since Andi Williamson won the award on April 22, 2013.
Head Coach Shonda Stanton said she was pleased with Dixon's performances this season and also credited pitching coach Chanda Bell and Marshall's strength and conditioning staff for her development.
"Our staff is really excited for Jordan and how she led our team in the circle this weekend," Stanton said. "What makes her numbers even more impressive is the fact that she pitched in all five games with short turn around.
"For Jordan to be this strong this early is a testament to how hard she has worked and prepared in the off-season. I really felt that she and Coach Bell worked well in setting up and attacking hitters. Jordan is a warrior on the mound and it is such a reassuring feeling to be able to hand her the game ball. We appreciate our strength coaches George Carpenter and Brian Pieper in the time they are investing in her as well."
Marshall will next play in the Pirate Snow Invitational in Greenville, N.C., this weekend, with four games Friday through Sunday.