Jones honored by MSC again

Rio Grande freshman Jenna Jones
Rio Grande freshman Jenna Jones earned her third
Mid-South Conference Pitcher of the Week honor.

COLUMBIA, Ky. – University of Rio Grande freshman Jenna Jones is the Mid-South Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) junior Kristina Krupinski is the MSC Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday, April 21.

The weekly honor is the third of the season for Jones. She also earned the award on March 10 and March 24. Krupinski earns her first weekly honor of the season and second of her career. She was player of the week as well on Feb. 25, 2013.

Jones posted a 4-0 record last week, including hurling her second no-hitter of the season to earn the Mid-South's top weekly pitching honor.

The Lancaster, Ohio, native, finished last week with three complete games while allowing just one run and four hits in 21-2/3 innings.

Jones began the week with a one-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Cumberlands. She struck out six in the win while issuing a pair of walks. In her next outing, Jones no-hit Bluefield (Va.) in a 4-0 win over the Rams. She concluded the game with three strikeouts in the win.

Jones recorded both wins in a sweep of Pikeville (Ky.). She allowed one run on three hits in a 3-1 complete-game win in the first game of the doubleheader and picked up the win in relief as the RedStorm beat the Bears 4-3 for the sweep. Jones -- who pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh -- threw a scoreless two-thirds of an inning to preserve the 3-3 tie. The RedStorm scored in the bottom of the seventh to give Jones her 15th win of the season.

Jones ranks third in the Mid-South in wins, fourth in opponent's batting average (.212), sixth in strikeouts (103) and eighth in ERA (2.38). Nationally, Jones' wins ranks 28th in the NAIA.