Earning her third RMU Female Student-Athlete of the Week honor of the 2012 spring campaign is freshman pitcher Nicole Sleith of the softball squad. A native of Smithton, Pa., Sleith was fantastic in the circle last week as the Colonials went 3-1 in a swing through the Nutmeg State. In the first game of a doubleheader in a 3-2 win @ Sacred Heart (4/20), Sleith allowed just two earned runs in nine innings, striking out eight and allowing just seven hits and no walks. She came in to secure the sweep of the Pioneers with a save in a 6-3 win the nightcap, striking out three and not allowing a hit in an inning and two-thirds of work. The next afternoon @ Quinnipiac (4/21), Sleith yielded just three hits and struck out eight in a 1-0 victory that helped RMU secure a spot in the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament. For her efforts last week, Sleith was tabbed both the NEC Pitcher of the Week and NEC Rookie of the Week (4/23) for the second time in the last three weeks. On the 2012 campaign, Sleith owns a record of 20-10 from the circle with an ERA of 1.66, striking out 203 batters in just under 198 innings pitched. Sleith is the fourth Colonial on the 2011-12 campaign to be named RMU Student-Athlete of the Week three times, joining male recipients Velton Jones, Tip Worob and Jake Hayes.
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