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At Michigan ... NFCA All-America second team (pitcher, 2015) ... 2015 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year ... All-Big Ten first team (pitcher, 2015) ... NFCA Division I Top-10 Finalist Freshman of the Year ... All-Big Ten second team (pitcher, 2014) ... Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Pitcher of the Week (April 21, 2015) ... Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2015).
Sophomore (2015)... Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America second team ... NFCA Great Lakes All-Region First Team ... 2015 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year (unanimous selection) ... All-Big Ten first team (unanimous selection) ... Big Ten All-Tournament Team ... Appeared in 46 games, starting 38 contests ... Led the Wolverines with a 31-5 record, 1.72 ERA, 11 shutouts, 333 strikeouts and four saves ... Registered 14 double-digit strikeouts games, including three in NCAA Tournament play ... Tossed a complete-game shutout in WCWS debut vs. #6 Alabama, striking out six while allowing four hits in series opener (May 28) ... Recorded final out to earn save in NCAA Super Regional vs. #10 Georgia (May 22) ... Fanned 10 in super regional opener vs. Georgia (May 21) ... Claimed all three wins in NCAA Regional play ... Won in relief vs. Pittsburgh in regional championship, allowing two hits and striking out three through 4.2 innings ... Posted 10 strikeouts in consecutive regional games vs. #19 California and Oakland ... Tossed a complete-game one-hitter in the regional opener vs. Oakland ... Allowed just five hits through six games -- a stretch of 28 innings pitched -- from April 26-May 15 ... Earned Big Ten All-Tournament honors after posting back-to-back one-hitters vs. Penn State and Northwestern (May 8-9), striking out 15 over eight innings pitched at the conference tournament ... Recorded back-to-back one-hitters in final regular-season weekend vs. Penn State (May 1-3), striking out 16 through nine innings pitched ... Tossed a complete-game no-hitter, striking out 15, in 1-0 win at Maryland (April 26) ... Struck out seven in a complete-game, three-hit shutout at Maryland (April 24) ... Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Pitcher of the Week and Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after striking out 26 with two earned runs in Indiana series (April 17-18) ... Fanned 14 in the Indiana series finale ... Tossed a five-inning no-hitter with six strikeouts at Michigan State (April 15) ... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after recording two complete-game shutouts at Rutgers (April 10-12), striking out 14 in the series finale ... Struck out five while allowing just three hits in series finale at #14 Minnesota (April 5) ... Tossed two hitless innings to earn save at #4 Minnesota (April 4) ... Posted 15 strikeouts through 6.1 innings in loss vs. Iowa (March 29) ... Registered a career-best 16 strikeouts en route to a complete-game shutout against Iowa-1 (March 28) ... Also struck out four in 2.0 innings to earn a save in the nightcap vs. Iowa ... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after posting a 2-0 record with 23 strikeouts through 12 innings at Ohio State (March 20-22) ... Recorded 14 strikeouts in OSU series opener ... Fanned 10 in decision against Kent State (March 15) ... Named to the Easton Bama Bash All-Tournament Team ... Tossed a seven-strikeout one-hitter vs. James Madison (Feb. 22) ... Held #3 Alabama to six hits and two runs in a six-strikeout complete-game win (Feb. 20) ... Struck out five in complete-game two-hitter at #6 Florida State-2 (Feb. 14) ... Earned first collegiate save in Florida State-1, entering with runners on second and third and one out in the seventh and retiring both batters faced ... Struck out 11 and allowed one hit through 4.0 innings vs. Georgia Tech (Feb. 13) ... Registered a then-career-best 14 strikeouts vs. Hampton (Feb. 8).
Freshman (2014) ... All-Big Ten Second Team (Pitcher) ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 18) ... Regular Season ... Posted a record of 18-4 with a 2.15 ERA ... Led the team in strikeouts with 150 ... Earned the win with 5.1 innings of relief and seven strikeouts against Florida State in game one of the Super Regional (May 22) ... Defeated San Diego State in an elimination game in the Tempe Regional with 5.2 innings pitched (May 17) ... Beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten clinching game on the strength of 10 strikeouts in six innings (May 3) ... Picked up two wins in a double-header, pitched 8.2 innings and gave up three earned runs in the two games against Illinois (Apr. 26) ... Threw 6.0 scoreless innings against Purdue (Apr. 23) ... Pitched 7.0 innings, gave up two earned runs and struck out 11 against Minnesota (Apr. 20) ... Pitched 3.0 scoreless innings against Central Michigan (Apr. 16) ... Threw 6.0 scoreless innings against Michigan State (Apr. 13) ... Pitched 6.0 innings, gave up one earned run and struck out ten batters against Ohio State (Apr. 6) ... Pitched 5.0 innings of no-hit softball and struck out eight batters against Detroit (Apr. 2) ... Allowed three earned runs in 7.0 innings of work with nine strikeouts against UCLA (Mar. 5) ... Pitched 7.0 innings while not giving up a run and striking out eleven batters against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 23) ... Threw 5.0 innings of scoreless ball while giving up three hits against Pittsburgh (Feb. 21) ... Pitched 7.0 innings while giving up no runs and striking out thirteen batters against Central Arkansas (Feb. 15) ... Made collegiate debut against Florida (Feb. 8) ... Pitched 7.0 innings while giving up two earned runs and striking out six batters against South Florida (Feb. 8).
Prep ... Union Grove (2013) ... Coached by Rod Pipkin ... Attended Eagles Landing Christian Academy as a freshman (2008-09) ... Georgia Gatorade Softball Player of the Year (2013) ... Four-time first team All-State ... Two-time Georgia State Player and Pitcher of the Year as a junior and senior (2011-12) ... Dugout Club All-Star Team (2012) ... GALA AAAAA Player of the Year (2012) ... Helped Union Grove to state championship as a senior ... Inducted into the Union Grove High School Hall of Fame (2013) ... Four-time All-Region first team ... Two-time Henry County Athlete of the Year (2010, 2012) ... Helped Eagles Landing Christian Academy to a state title as a freshman (2009) ... Played summer ball with the Atlanta Vipers (2012-13) ... Helped Vipers to the ASA 18 Gold National Championship (2013).
Personal ... Megan Renee Betsa was born on March 7, 1995 ... Daughter of Howard Betsa and Chandra Duncan ... Father played basketball at the University of Tennessee ... Mother played basketball and volleyball at Central Arkansas ... Has two siblings, Kendel and Brandon ... Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, majoring in sport management.
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