DISRESPECT complete ignorance on the part of the voters/selectors of this award.
Consider the performances of Pitcher A (who won the award this afternoon), who earned her statistics against the likes of Big Ten bottom-dwellers Ohio State and Wisconsin -- they're literally the two worst teams in the B1G -- and Pitcher B, who... did not. (Note: This does not include Pitcher A's save earned against
the fastpitch juggernaut that is Indiana State from this week.)
|Pitcher A||Category||Pitcher B|
|.407||Opponents' Winning Pct.||.622|
|.219||Opponents' Conf. Winning Pct.||.500|
|.262||Opponents' Season Batting Avg.||.289|
|.151||Opponents' Batting Avg. last week||.188|
|~5.60||Opp. Hitters' Season K's/7IP||~5.61|
|13.84||Opp. Hitters' K's/7IP last week||12.83|
|1.67||Pitcher's ERA last weekend||0.58|
As you undoubtedly can figure out, Pitcher A is Indiana's Morgan Melloh - a fine pitcher, just not the nation's best from last week, considering the competition - and Pitcher B is someone with an intense staredown in the direction of the ASA national HQ in Oklahoma City.
UPDATE: The table has been corrected to fix mathematical errors on K/7IP, and also to add in both pitchers' non-conference performances (i.e. every pitch they threw) last week.