Prophet Gaspard Chosen as Ivy League Softball Pitcher of the Week
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK -- Columbia softball first-year Prophet Gaspard was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday, marking the first time in her career that she has been honored with the award. She becomes the second first-year player in Columbia history to receive Pitcher of the Week honors, as Aimee Kemp '10CC received the honor in 2007.

The weekly award is the second of the season for Gaspard, who was also chosen Rookie of the Week by the conference on March 22.

Gaspard was dominant all weekend against Cornell, registering a 2-1 record with a 0.40 ERA in 17.2 innings pitched. The Abbeville, La. native struck out 13 and allowed just one earned run all weekend, while scattering four hits and allowing no runs over her final 10.2 innings. Gaspard retired 19 straight Big Red batters over a two-game stretch, with the final 11 batters coming in relief in Monday's 6-4 victory.

For the season, the right-hander has nine victories, which is the fourth-most total of any first-year player in Columbia history. Her 2.52 ERA currently stands second on the first-year charts, behind only Jackie Adelfio's 1.64 ERA in 2002.

Gaspard and the Lions return to action on Thursday for a non-conference twinbill at Rider, beginning at 3 p.m.