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Softball pitcher Calhoun gets recognized, wants more for team

by Lia Armistead

VSU softball pitcher Caitlyn Calhoun appreciates all the attention she is getting from the season but wants everyone to recognize the team for all they have done.

After receiving three National Pitcher of the Week titles this season, and multiple Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the week titles, Caitlyn Calhoun has continued her progress towards her goal of winning a national championship.

Calhoun has finished five consecutive games with no hits from the opposing teams.

The junior education major has been getting an astounding amount of recognition from the Valdosta community and the softball community within the state and the nation.

Although Calhoun is appreciating all the support, the pressure of earning the nation title is building up for her and the team.

“I don’t like that everyone is expecting so much,” Calhoun said. “I just like to go out there and play but everyone keeps saying ‘you’re pitcher of the week, you’re doing so good’ and it puts a lot on me.”

This season, the Lady Blazers had a 24 game winning streak, even with Courtney Allbritton, a major player for the team, on the sidelines due to an injury that has had her out for at least four weeks.

Five of those 24 winning games ended up being no hitters for Calhoun, causing recognition for her pitching to come her way, amazing her that she would ever get that much attention.

“It’s not just me,” Calhoun said. “I can only do so much without my team helping me out, so it should be more than just me, it should be the team getting recognized.”

The team is now on a seven game winning streak and No. 1 in the GSC. The Blazers took two big wins over Albany State  in a doubleheader Tuesday April 14, 8-0 and 19-3.

The softball team will continue working towards their national title on Saturday against Lee University.


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