Luna earns Big 12 Pitcher of the Week


Sam Ortega

Senior pitcher Blaire Luna nabbed Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors two consecutive weeks, her third this season. 

Evan Berkowitz

Senior Blaire Luna received her second straight Big 12 conference Pitcher of the Week award Tuesday, marking the third time this season and the 12th time in her career she has received this award.

This is the first time in her career that she has claimed back-to-back Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors, and she is the first Texas pitcher to do so since Cat Osterman won three straight in 2006.

This past week, Luna (17-1) notched two victories over Kansas in Lawrence. In the 13 innings she was in the circle, she allowed just four hits to Kansas, who entered the series with the nation’s best batting average, while fanning 18.

In Big 12 play, Luna sports a 4-0 record and 0.48 ERA.

She is the third UT pitcher to ever start a season 17-1, joining Rachel Fox (2011) and Osterman (2006).

Luna has been dominant recently, allowing three hits or fewer in each of her last eight appearances.

Her 1.11 ERA is the 11th-best in the country, her 17 wins are the 10th-most, her 217 strikeouts are the third-best and her 12.7 strikeouts per seven innings are the most in the nation.

Many expected Luna to be the second-best pitcher in the conference behind Keilani Ricketts of Oklahoma, last season’s National Player of the Year. But so far, their performances have been relatively even. Ricketts (15-1, 1.00 ERA) is on par with the Texas ace. They are expected to square off April 19 in Austin.

Luna and the Longhorns (32-4) return to action Wednesday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader against McNeese State after the a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday was canceled that night.