Ex-Westview standout Robb worthy of college softball duty
Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:00 pm
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Shaylon Robb made quite the splash in her first venture into the Division I college softball waters.
The two-time Westview all-stater was named the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week in her debut weekend on the collegiate level after helping Eastern Kentucky to the championship of the Quality Inn Classic in Troy, Ala.
Robb pitched in all four of the Lady Colonels’ tournament games — notching wins in two of those, including one vs. No. 5-ranked Missouri.
She did not allow an earned run in the first nine innings of her collegiate career and finished the week with a 1.67 ERA in 21 innings of work that included 15 strikeouts and just three walks.
Easily the highlight of Robb’s breakout week was an eight-inning relief stint against Missouri during which EKU rallied from a 4-0 deficit.
The win represented the highest-ranked team the Lady Colonels had ever beaten in the history of their program.
Robb fanned seven during her lengthy relief stint in that game and made a stellar defensive play in the bottom of the 10th to save the victory when she threw home after fielding a grounder back to the mound to retire a would-be tying run at the plate.
She then induced an infield flyout with two runners aboard to seal the upset victory.
Robb picked up her first college win in EKU’s season-opener, a 7-4 triumph over Nichols State.
The hard-throwing righthander tossed three hitless innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts.
Robb was the starter against East Tennessee State, going the first six frames with just two hits allowed and four strikeouts in what was ultimately a 3-2 victory. Both runs scored against her in that contest were unearned.
She pitched for the fourth time in as many games in a 5-4 loss to Troy State, surrendering two earned runs in four innings after coming out of the bullpen in the third.
Robb struck out two and allowed four safeties.
Likely the most-decorated player in Lady Charger program history, Robb had her jersey retired after winning a school-record 71 games during her stellar prep career. During that time, she posted a microscopic earned run average of 0.72 and struck out 917 opposing batters — both totals tops in the Westview High School softball annals.
She was a four-time All-West Tennessee selection and three times led the Lady Chargers to the Class 2A state tournament — the lone exception being her senior campaign when they still won a school-record 31 games. Published in The WCP 2.23.12