Littlejohn Gets SEC Award All Alone

Alabama pitcher Sydney Littlejohn has her second perfect game of the year and her second recognition as Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week. After the first perfect game, she was co-honoree, but this week she got the award all to herself.

Littlejohn made history Sunday as she pitched Alabama to a 10-0 win over Ole Miss with her second perfect game of the young season. Prior to this year, the Crimson Tide’s historic program had only one perfect game to its credit and the sophomore from Rusk, Texas, has thrown two.

Littlejohn was the highlight of a Bama pitching staff that combined for wins of 7-0, 6-0, and 10-0 in starting SEC play at 3-0. The Tide is 18-4 overall.

Her first perfect game came on Feb. 6 against Eastern Kentucky at the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores. For that she shared the SEC Pitcher of the Week award. Prior to that, the only perfect game in program history was thrown by current Alabama pitching coach Stephanie VanBrakle on April 1, 2006 at Kentucky. Sunday’s perfect game was the first thrown by an Alabama pitcher at Rhoads Stadium.

Littlejohn is also just the third pitcher at Alabama to throw multiple no-hitters in the same season, joining VanBrakle and Kelsi Dunne. VanBrakle threw two no-hitters in 2004 and three in 2006, while Dunne threw three in both 2009 and 2011.

Jaclyn Traina was the last Crimson Tide pitcher to earn multiple SEC weekly awards, winning three times in 2012. This is Alabama’s third overall SEC award this season, as Haylie McCleney was named Player of the Week on Feb. 16 after a strong weekend at the Stanford Nike Invitational. This is Littlejohn’s third career SEC weekly award, as she was named SEC Freshman of the Week last season after clinching an SEC Championship for Alabama on the road against Missouri in the final week of the regular season.

This season, Littlejohn owns an 8-0 record over nine appearances including five complete games and four shutouts. She leads the team with a 0.92 ERA, allowing just six earned runs over 45 2/3 innings, while striking out 41.

This week, Alabama will host UAB (18-5) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Tide continues in SEC play with a three-game series at Georgia (21-3) beginning Friday.

Auburn junior Emily Carosone was named SEC Player of the Week while Tennessee’s Meghan Gregg was Freshman of the Week.

Editor’s Note: Earlier today on our message boards we said the SEC had not recognized Littlejohn. That was based on an earlier SEC release in which it listed a Florida player as pitcher of the week.

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