Nora Keehn has put her mark on Mississippi Gulf Coast softball already in her freshman season, and she picked up another award Thursday.
She was named the OC Sports NJCAA Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 14-20. Keehn threw a no-hitter against Holmes and allowed only one hit in four innings at Coahoma.
"It's amazing," she said. "I didn't expect to win the Mississippi award, so it's pretty awesome to win the national one."
The right-hander from Vandebilt Catholic High School in Thibodaux, La., has won the last two MACJC Pitcher of the Week awards.
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Keehn joins Kaitlin Lee as national award winners. Lee has won the award twice, and they've teamed to win five of seven MACJC pitching awards.
Keehn gave credit to her teammate as one factor in her 7-1 start to the season. She's got a 1.36 ERA.
"Just a lot of hard work and Kait helps me a lot," she said. "She helps me with my mental game, and so does Coach Christie (Meeks). They're both great people and they push me to do my best."
Keehn and the Lady Bulldogs (25-3, 9-3 MACJC) play only their third home doubleheader Friday. Meridian (9-19, 6-8) visits Ross-Smith Field in Perkinston, with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.
"They're very much improved from last year," Long said. "That had a lead against Jones late but wound up losing. They're a good team with real athletic players. They're going to be good."