USM's Trahan tab as C-USA Pitcher of the Year


Southern Miss junior right-handed pitcher Abby Trahan has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Year, the league announced Tuesday.

Trahan is the first Southern Miss pitcher to earn the C-USA Pitcher of the Year award since Felicia Gonzalez in 2001. The only other pitcher to ever win the award in the history of the Southern Miss softball program is Golden Eagle legend Courtney Blades who took home the award in 2000.

“As soon as Abby stepped on campus, there was no doubt the she possessed the ability to be the best pitcher in C-USA,” Southern Miss coach Wendy Hogue said. “She plays with such an intense passion for the game. That asset, when paired with her God-given ability, and a solid defense around her produces numbers worthy of this prestigious award.”

The Kaplan, La. native has made quite the name for herself since arriving on the campus of Southern Miss in the fall of 2018. Trahan entered Southern Miss with an impressive resume after transferring from Saint Francis University (Loretto, Pa.). As a sophomore at Saint Francis University last season, Trahan was named NEC Pitcher of the Year, NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team and First Team All-NEC.

Trahan has continued her success in her first season with the Golden Eagles as she led C-USA in multiple pitching categories for the majority of the season. She previously collected C-USA Pitcher of the Week honors twice this season.

Trahan ended the regular season with a 1.89 ERA and a 14-11 record. The right-handed hurler started 27 games and appeared in 30. Trahan went the distance in the circle 19 times and piled up 162.2 innings pitched. The Golden Eagles’ ace tallied a total of 129 strikeouts, seven shutouts and one save. She issued just 31 free passes and notched six complete-game shutouts during the regular season.

Trahan currently ranks in the top 12 in C-USA in earned run average (1st), opposing batting average (9), innings pitched (4th), strikeouts (5th), strikeouts looking (T-4th), wins (T-6th) and games started (3rd).

“I am so excited to be named C-USA Pitcher of the Year,” Trahan said. “I worked hard all year for this award, and I am so blessed to finally be able to call it mine. Now my focus is to win a ring with my teammates.”

Trahan and the Golden Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday, May 8 when they face the UTSA Roadrunners in the first round of the 2019 C-USA Softball Tournament. The first pitch of Wednesday’s contest between Southern Miss and UTSA is scheduled for noon. The tournament will be hosted by UAB at Mary Bowers Field in Birmingham, Ala.