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    Freshman May earns national softball honor

    Ashley May pitching.

    Lamar State College Port Arthur made history twice Wednesday when Ashley May earned the NJCAA National Division I Pitcher of the Week honor as a member of the Seahawks softball team.

    May represents the first time the Seahawks have had two nationally-recognized players of the week in the same season and is the first freshman to earn the honor in the school’s history.

    “This is a huge moment for our program and especially for Ashley,” Seahawks head coach Vance Edwards said. “Ashley is the type of pitcher you can build a program around. She’ll be a huge part of the future of Seahawks softball.”

    Seahawks sophomore Savana Guidry was named NJCAA Player of the Week for March 13-19. Less than two weeks later, May caught the attention of the NJCAA voting panel.

    May earned her national honor based on play between March 27 and April 2. She started and won three games, throwing 17 innings. She allowed just six hits and one walk, giving up no earned runs as she tossed 21 strikeouts.

    May currently holds the LSCPA school record for earned run average at 2.663 and is one win shy of tying a school record for wins at 18 victories in 2017. She has also shown her strength at the plate this season, leading the team with seven home runs and 44 runs batted in.

    May is a graduate of Cleveland, Texas, High School where she helped lead her team to the UIL state playoffs her senior season. She is the daughter of Eddie Jr. and Debbie May and is majoring in Business Administration at LSCPA.