Jessup pitchers honored by conference

Graifman, Kuhaulua applauded
By: Brianna Campbell for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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With a pair of sweeps this past week from the William Jessup University baseball and softball teams, the mound did its job to keep runs at bay granting starters Ashkhon Kuhaulua and Shelbi Graifman Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week recognition.

Returning GSAC Picher of the Year, softball’s Shelbi Graifman has been dealing up nothing less than perfection in her final season with the Warriors. The starting pitcher made an appearance in all four games last week, pitching three complete games while allowing just three runs, one in each game.

Graifman snatched two wins on Friday, pitching both full games in the conference opener against Arizona Christian. She allowed only one run in each contest, while allowing just five hits and striking out 15.

She continued her dominance Saturday in Arizona against future GSAC-competitor Ottawa University.

Starting game one, Graifman went four innings allowing no hits. Ottawa’s only score came on a fielding error. In the final game of the weekend, she shut things down with another complete game earning five strikeouts.

Graifman leads the conference and country in wins, now 15-5, as well as total innings pitched (122 2/3).

Kuhaulua received his second recognition of the baseball season as GSAC Pitcher of the Week.

It was a pitcher's duel in the first game of the series against Vanguard. The Hawaiian right-hander led the Warriors, pitching a complete nine-inning shutout for his fifth win of the season. Kuhaulua allowed just three hits with eight strikeouts, as the Warriors won by a solo run.

Kuhaulua leads the conference and the country in strikeouts with 68 total, averaging 12 per game. He is also ranked in the top 10 in the country in total innings pitched and total wins.

"Ash was exceptional in his start," head coach Jake McKinley said. "He competed, pitched out of some jams and made big-time pitches when we needed them.

“I applaud him and our team for the collective effort and I'm very grateful for the work ethic we show regularly."