STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton’s Nyka Wood and Haley Freyman were named the Lone Star Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week after leading the TexAnns to three wins in five games over national top 10 opponents last week.
Wood got her week rolling with a walk-off, three-run homer with two outs against No. 3 St. Mary’s Tuesday night. Wood stepped into the box against the Rattlers’ Staci Johns and deposited the first pitch she saw deep over the left field fence to walk Tarleton off a winner.
She followed that up with a defensive showcase behind the dish by catching a shutout from Haley Freyman in a 1-0 walk-off win over No. 6 West Texas A&M before rounding out the series with the Lady Buffs with a 3-for-4 day in Saturday’s 7-3 win to clinch the series and a 2-for-4 afternoon Sunday.
For the week, Wood hit .500 after going 8-for-16 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored, and six RBIs. She slugged .813, fielded 1.000, walked twice, and did not strike out a single time.
Her battery mate and longtime teammate, Haley Freyman, was just as remarkable in the pitcher’s circle for the TexAnns last week as a complete game shutout of the No. 6 Lady Buffs capped off the junior’s week.
She went 3-0 with three complete games and a complete game shutout with 22.0 innings pitched, over which she allowed only five earned runs and struck out 13 – all of which came against two of the top 10 teams in the nation, No. 3 St. Mary’s and No. 6 West Texas A&M. On Friday, Freyman was spectacular as she allowed just four base hits – three of which were singles – to the Lady Buffs, who entered the game with the No. 3 ranked offense in the nation.
She shutout the Lady Buffs and struck out six, including back-to-back punch outs to leave the bases loaded in the fourth inning. She followed up with another complete game win over West Texas A&M in a 7-3 victory to deliver Tarleton’s first series win against the Lady Buffs since 2012.
Wood and Freyman lead Tarleton back to work this afternoon for a 3 p.m. doubleheader against No. 22 Lubbock Christian before hitting the road this weekend for a Lone Star Conference series at Cameron Friday and Saturday.
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