First-year Cami Henry pitched a historic doubleheader against Denison University in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Tigers won the first game 3-0 and the second game 4-0, which included a no-hitter in the first game.
Henry pitched all 14 innings and is the first pitcher to pitch shutouts in a doubleheader for the Tigers since 2014. The performance was good enough for North Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, the third time she has earned the honor this year.
Going into the conference, Denison was ranked as the favorite to win the NCAC, voted by the coaches. Henry remained focused on doing her job and producing the best outcome for her team.
“If I gave up a hit then that would have been okay as long as I was continuing to give my team the best chance for success,” Henry said.
Henry added that it took good hitting from her offense behind her to help her get the wins.
“The team performed phenomenally behind me on Tuesday without a hiccup,” Henry said. “I have no worries that the defense is going to stay really tight and that the pitching staff is going to get the job done this weekend.”
Head coach Erica Hanrahan said that although Henry pitched lights out, she had to succeed in a different way than she normally does.
“To pitch 14 straight innings against a team that is as good as Denison and picked to win the conference and to shut them out twice was quite a process,” Hanrahan said. She is a strikeout pitcher, so she averages over eight strikeouts a game and in 14 innings, she only had three against Denison. So she was grateful for all of the plays that our defense made behind her.”
The wins put the Tigers in first place in the NCAC, but Hanrahan said that they still have a lot of work to do to win the conference.
“Nothing has been won yet, so it’s kind of a put your head back down and figure out how to beat the next teams” she said.
The Tigers sit at 17-9 overall and 8-0 in the conference. They take on Thomas More College on Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader.