For the fifth time this season, Saluki Softball’s Sarah Harness has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Harness was spectacular in the circle in SIU’s sweep of Valparaiso, as she went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 12 innings of work. The sophomore hurler, who was named one of 30 finalists for the NFCA DI National Freshman of the Year award last week, allowed just seven hits in those 12 innings- all of which were singles- to go along with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

The Bowling Green, Mo. native threw a four-hit, seven inning complete game shutout over the Brown and Gold on Saturday in which struck out four and walked two. She followed on Sunday with a three-hit, five inning shutout in which she struck out six and walked none.

Harness now leads the MVC in wins (19), ERA (1.48), innings pitched (156.1) and appearances (29) and has thrown 17-straight scoreless innings dating back to April 25. She has been named the MVC Pitcher of the Week seven times during her two seasons- which are tied for the 10th-most in MVC history.

The Salukis will travel to Northern Iowa this weekend to close out the regular season with a three-game set against the Panthers.

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