PASADENA, Calif. – For the second time this season and second time of her career, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps sophomore pitcher Hayley Schultz has been selected as the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Female Athlete of the Week. She earned the honor for the week of March 4-10. In addition to twice being named SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week this season, Sports Illustrated featured Schultz in the March 4 issue of Faces in the Crowd which is SI's weekly feature that highlights standout amateur athletes and has been doing so since 1956.
The Los Angeles, Calif. native went 4-1 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, a tournament that featured 12 nationally ranked teams. She pitched 31.1 innings and recorded 34 strikeouts (and only three walks) with a 1.56 ERA. She pitched her best against the two top-10 ranked teams she faced. Against No. 7 Christopher Newport she had a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts and against No. 9 Linfield she threw a no-hitter with six strikeouts. CMS went 5-1 in the tournament, losing in the championship game to No. 11 Trine in the game's final inning. Schultz is 9-2 on the season with a 1.51 ERA in 74 innings of work and is third in Division III in wins and fourth in shutouts (4).
As a freshman in 2012, Schultz was named SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and second team All-West Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was established in 1915. The league is currently comprised of nine private colleges and universities in Southern California: California Institute of Technology, California Lutheran University, Chapman University, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, University of La Verne, Occidental College, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, University of Redlands, and Whittier College. The conference recognizes outstanding athletic achievements of its student-athletes on a weekly and annual basis.