Plain and Stepto earn college recognition

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Plain and Stepto earn college recognition

Australian pitchers Gabbie Plain and Tarni Stepto continue to make waves in the United States each earning recognition for their 2019 regular seasons.

With the post-season fast approaching and Plain’s Washington Huskies currently the second highest ranked college team in the country, the Sydneysider joins three of her teammates recognised for their outstanding achievements in the 2019 Pac-12 regular season with selection to the division’s First Team.

Plain has now been named to the Pac-12 First Team each of her two years at Washington. Only six other Huskies have achieved that number. This season, she became the first Husky ever to throw back-to-back no-hitters, giving her three no-hitters in her career, counting her 2018 perfect game against Utah. Her 1.39 ERA is third in the conference and is the lowest mark of any pitcher with at least 140 innings.

The Huskies close out their regular season at home in a three-game series against Stanford beginning tomorrow before the NCAA Regionals begin on 17 May.

Plain and her Huskies fell one game short of winning the Women’s College World Series in 2018, going down to Florida State 8-3.

All awards from the 2019 Pac-12 Softball season are available here.

In more good news for Australia’s pitching stocks, Salt Lake pitcher/designated hitter Tarni Stepto was named as the Region 18 Pitcher-of-the-Year.

Stepto, the region’s top pitcher, finished the regular-season with an ERA of 0.39 and a record of 9-1 in the circle, she threw five complete games and had 90 strikeouts on the season.

The Region 18 championships take place Wednesday through Friday at Norma Carr Field in Taylorsville, Utah. Salt Lake is the top seed in the tourney. A full bracket can be found at scenicwestsports.com.