Erin Poepping

Freshman pitcher Erin Poepping during previous game.

After being a steady pitching ace for an up and down team all season, East Carolina University freshman pitcher Erin Poepping has made the 2018 American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team following a solid freshman season.

Poepping finished the season with a record of 13-15 and a ERA of 3.36. Poepping pitched 159.1 innings and struck out 92 batters. Poepping went 5-7 in AAC play, with her ERA going slightly up to 3.73 and threw five complete games in conference. Poepping had a particularly good stretch to end the season, as her last 12 appearances saw her go 5-5 with a 2.88 ERA.

Poepping had plenty of memorable performances throughout the season. Her collegiate debut during ECU’s season opener on Feb. 9 against St. John’s University saw her throw a complete game shutout. Poepping threw a complete game against North Carolina State University in ECU’s 2-1 win over the in-state rival on April 25. Poepping threw another complete game shutout, this one against Wichita State University on April 28. Poepping pitched great in ECU’s series against AAC regular season champions University of South Florida, handing the Bulls their only series loss.

Poepping is joined on the AAC All-Rookie Team by Denali Schappacher from Central Florida University, Briana Marcellino from the University of Connecticut, Aspen Howie from the University of Houston, Baylee Smith from the University of Memphis, Georgina Corrick from the University of South Florida and Bailee Nickerson from Wichita State University.

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