Top Dawg

Abby Highway

Photo courtesy of Kevin McDermott

This week’s Top Dawg heads to the pitcher’s mound and is awarded to Ferris junior pitcher Abby Highway.

Before a pair of losses to Grand Valley State University Sunday, April 7, the Bulldogs played two series of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games against the Northwood University Timberwolves, as well as the Wayne State University Warriors, and went 2-2. A big factor associated with those two wins was the help the Bulldogs got on the mound.

Highway pitched for a total of 15 innings and only allowed eight earned runs. On top of the eight earned runs, she also had three strikeouts. After the wins, Highway improved her record to 9-8.

The Bulldogs dropped game one in both of the doubleheaders and were down headed into game two until Highway and the Bulldog offense led the team to victory. Highway pitched eight innings Wednesday, April 4, since the game went into extra innings, and gave up 11 hits but only gave up three earned runs to pitch the Bulldogs to a 6-4 victory.

“We were just coming together as a team, our offense was really good and everyone was just working together,” Highway said. “My pitches were moving, everything was working, so they were just some really good games.”

The following doubleheader Saturday, April 6, after the Bulldogs dropped game one with a score of 6-1, Highway and the Bulldogs rallied back for game two for an 8-5 win. Highway once again pitched the full game and only allowed 13 hits with five runs earned.

Highway is on a four-game win streak since March 29 against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and has the best pitching record on the team with a 9-8 record.