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Posted: February 21, 2012 9:06 p.m.

Former Eastside pitcher gets college player of the week

Former Eastside standout Amanda Henderson and Kennesaw State sophomore pitcher earned her first-career Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week award on Monday. Henderson notched a 0.64 earned run average in three appearances last week, earning a win and two saves.

"Amanda has been terrific for us this season in a variety of roles, whether it has as a starter, long relief, or as a closer," Kennesaw State coach Scott Whitlock said. "She has taken some major strides this season and we look forward to her continuing to improve, as she has made some major contributions to this club already in 2012."

Henderson struck out 14 batters in the Owls 2-1 victory over Morehead State on Saturday in the Owls (6-1) final game in the College of Charleston Classic, allowing just one earned run on three hits in the win. She earned saves in the Owls two wins on Friday, shutting down Marshall over three innings in a 4-3 victory over the Thundering Herd. She rounded the tournament, pitching before pitching the seventh inning to seal the Owls, 4-2, triumph over Charleston Southern.

The Covington native enters Monday third in the A-Sun with a 0.46 ERA, and has struck out 31 batters over 15 and a third innings while having issued just one walk. She is 2-0 this season and has earned either the win or the save in each of her four appearances this season.

Henderson starred at Eastside from 2007-2010. She was Region 8-AAA Pitcher of the Year in both 2009 and 2010 and set school records for strikeouts both single season and for her career. She led the Lady Eagles to the Final Four in 2009 and to the Elite Eight in 2010. She currently holds the eighth -highest single-season strikeout total in the state and was a two-time All-Class AAA pitcher.

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