Former Husky softball standout Kendra Yearick put the finishing touches on her sophomore season with the Peace Pacers recently, earning 10 victories while leading the Pacers in every pitching statistic.
Yearick finished the season with a record of 10-8 and an earned run average of just 2.14 runs per game. Yearick held opposing batters to a .247 average while recording 91 strikeouts in 127.2 innings of work on the mound.
The sophomore started 18 games this season and made eight more appearances coming in as a relief pitcher where she earned one save on the season as well. Of her 18 starts, Yearick pitched a complete game in seven of those.
Yearick began the season with a complete game victory over Barton College on February 12 as she struck out five hitters and surrendered just one run in a 4-1 victory. The next day, she pitched another complete game, this time against Winston-Salem State, giving up three earned runs; the Peace Pacers fell in the contest, 6-1.
The Ashe County native picked up her second win of the season against Maryville College on Feb. 20 when she went the distance yet again, pitching all seven innings and allowing just two earned runs in the 6-4 win. Yearick ended the month of February with a third win, this time against the University of Mary Washington, pitching a complete game and surrendering just one earned run.
Yearick tallied three victories in March, with the first one coming on March 4 when she pitched in relief against Eastern Mennonite University. Her second win was one of her best starts of the season as she pitched five innings against Castleton State College, allowed no runs and just a single hit in the 8-0 win for Peace College. Yearick backed that up with another terrific outing in the second game of a double-header against Meredith College. The sophomore went six innings and once again pitched a shutout and allowed just four hits in the victory.
The month of April was just as good as the previous two months with the ace pitcher earning four victories. Yearick opened the month with a 5-1 triumph over North Carolina Wesleyan, which included a season-best 10-strikeout performance. Just a few hours later in the second game of a double-header, Yearick earned a victory in relief, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing two runs while picking up six strikeouts.
Her final two victories of the season were complete games, one against Shenandoah University and the other against N.C. Wesleyan.
Yearick was one of three Pacer softball players to receive team recognition for their outstanding play. She was named 2010-2011 Defensive Player of the Year for the Peace Pacers.
Peace finished the year with a 16-27 record overall and a record of 8-11 in the USA South Conference.