NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University Lady Jacks softball team are currently 9-3 on the season, thanks in large part to freshman pitcher, Kassidy Wilbur.
Wilbur burst onto the Division One softball scene, starting 4-0, while not allowing an earned run.
In her first start, she set the record for the most strikeouts by a Lady Jack in her debut with 15 against Valparaiso.
Wilbur also showed out against No. 24 Mississippi State with a complete game shutout, leading SFA to victory in the 2019 Bulldog Kickoff Classic championship game.
After her impressive start, Wilbur earned the USA Softball “Collegiate Player of the Week” award; a first in SFA school history. She says she never expected to receive such an award.
"It feels amazing I didn't even know that was an opportunity that I could achieve as a freshman and to know that I could do that for my team and put us out there," said Wilbur. "It's awesome."
While Wilbur may not have expected it, her head coach says she has earned the honor with her competitive dedication.
“She also has that competitive drive, works really hard in the bullpen, takes her work serious, says Coach Nicole Dixon. "If something isn't working, we're going to stay in there until we get it done. So, for her, the ability to have that competitive excellence on every rep really separates her."
Wilbur’s early success is no fluke.
She's remained steady since her big debut weekend, sporting a 5-2 record and 1.29 ERA over 38 innings entering Wednesday.
She's got opposing batters white-knuckling at the plate, but when it comes to maintaining her success, she's not stressing.
"I try not to think about my ERA and just pitch at my best at that moment so I can do well for my team,” says Wilbur.
While the spotlight has been on this standout freshman since her first start, she remains humble and quick to credit her teammates.
"It's definitely crazy,” Wilbur says. “I did not expect to do that well and my team was there to help me through it the whole way."