Rider's Matreale Honored by the MAAC
LAWRENCEVILLE-Senior Rachael Matreale (Williamstown) of the Rider University softball team was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week it was announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.
Matreale was honored for all games played April 2-9, the fourth time this season that she has earned conference recognition.
A Second Team All-MAAC honoree as a junior, Matreale was two innings from a 4-0 record this past week, working 25 innings with 33 strikeouts and only two walks.
Matreale threw a five-inning no-hitter with a career-high 13 strikeouts against Saint Peter's in a MAAC win on April 7, the 14th no-hitter in Rider's history and the second in her Bronc career and she also defeated Patriot League power Lehigh on April 4, recording six strikeouts.
Matreale recorded career strikeout #500 against the Peahens, only the second Rider softball player to reach that plateau.
Opponents batted just .206 against her for the week.
For the season, Matreale has 12 of Rider's 13 wins and has 144 strikeouts in 144 innings pitched with a 2.19 earned run average.
Matreale leads the MAAC and is 79th in the nation in wins and is 83rd nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (6.9) and 104th in earned run average.
Matreale was also honored by the MAAC on March 6, March 12 and April 2.
Rider hosts the University of Delaware Wednesday at 3pm.