Pepper Gay Recognized with NFCA Regional Award
May 17, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Illinois junior pitcher Pepper Gay received her second accolade in as many days on Thursday morning, taking home NFCA All-Midwest Region Second Team honors. Previously, Gay tallied Second Team All-Big Ten laurels on Wednesday afternoon.
Gay secured a 1.89 ERA and 22-15 record during the 2012 season, striking out 202 batters in 229 1/3 innings while limiting foes to a .213 batting average against. The junior ranked in the top-10 in more than a dozen Big Ten statistical categories, including second in appearances (46) and third in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts. The strong 2012 season vaulted Gay into the top spots in multiple program pitching records, including first in career batting average against (.214), second in wins (58), strikeouts (463) and complete games (46) and third in ERA (2.07), games started (84) and shutouts (14).
The award from the NFCA marks the second postseason laurel of the year for Gay, who also tallied similar honors from the Big Ten, while the Avondale Estates, Ga., native was the only conference pitcher to tally back-to-back pitcher of the week accolades. Gay - one of only five Big Ten pitchers to earn multiple player of the week honors this year - also received praise from College Sports Madness and College Softball 360 with comparable weekly awards during the 2012 season.