Softball Thwarts Bears Again to Capture Regional Crown
Romero on Softball All-Region First Team, Three on Second Team
Lawrence Slams, Driesenga Blanks Hawkeyes in Softball's DH Sweep
Postgame Notes: U-M 8, Iowa 6; U-M 8, Iowa 0
Postgame Quotes: U-M 8, Iowa 6; U-M 8, Iowa 0
U-M rode Sara Driesenga's shutout to a 5-0 NCAA Regional win over Valparaiso.
At Michigan ... USA Softball Preseason Top 50 Players to Watch List (2014) ... NFCA Great Lakes All-Region second team (pitcher, 2013) ... All-Big Ten first team (pitcher, 2013) ... NFCA Great Lakes All-Region second team (utility, 2012) ... All-Big Ten first team (utility, 2012) ...Academics ... Two-time Academic All-Big Ten (2013-14) ... Academic All-Region second team (2013) ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2013, 2014).
Junior (2014) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... USA Softball Preseason Top 50 Players to Watch List ... U-M Academic Athletic Achievement ... Regular Season ... Appeared in 28 games, including 15 starts .. Tossed four complete games and three shutouts ... Posted a 4-3 record with a 1.75 ERA in Big Ten games ... Threw 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out three at Florida State (May 23) ... Tossed 6.0 innings in relief and struck out five vs. Wisconsin (May 4) ... Pitched 3.0 scoreless innings against Purdue (Apr. 23) ... Pitched 5.2 innings while not giving up an earned run and striking out eight batters in two games against Minnesota (Apr. 18-19) ... Hit a grand slam against Michigan State (Apr. 13) ... Pitched 5.0 scoreless innings against Michigan State (Apr. 12) ... Threw 3.0 scoreless innings against Western Michigan (Apr. 8) ... Pitched 5.0 scoreless innings while striking out six batters against Ohio State (Apr. 6) ... Hit her second career grand slam and recorded five RBIs while pitching 5.0 scoreless innings and striking out seven batters against Penn State (Mar. 28) ... Earned her first win of the season after allowing only one run in five innings vs. Indiana (March 21) ... Pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless softball against UCLA (Mar. 6) ... Threw 7.0 innings of scoreless ball while giving up four hits and striking out four batters against Kent State (Feb. 22) ... Pitched 2.0 innings and struck out three batters against Bethune-Cookman (Feb. 9).
Sophomore (2013) ... All-Big Ten First Team ... Great Lakes All-Region Second Team ...U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... Academic All-Region second team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... NFCA National Player of the Week (March 19), Big Ten Pitcher of the Week (March 18) ...Regular Season ... Set a new Michigan record with 54 appearances ... Tied a Michigan record with 41 pitching starts ... Defeated Arizona State with a complete-game shutout at the Women's College World Series (June 1) ... Picked up the win with a complete game in the decisive third game Super Regional clincher against Louisiana Lafayette (May 25) ... Earned the complete-game win over California in the Ann Arbor Regional final (May 19), giving up one run on five hits and striking out five ... Struck out eight in a complete-game shutout against California in the Ann Arbor Regional (May 18) ... Had six strikeouts in a complete-game, two-hit shutout against Valparaiso in the Ann Arbor Regional (May 17) ... Struck out eight in a complete-game two-hitter against Northwestern (May 3) ... Pitched a five-inning shutout against Iowa (April 21) ... Knocked in five runs and earned the win vs. Penn State (March 30) ... Hit a home run against Penn State (March 29) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double vs. Purdue (March 23) ... Threw a six-inning complete game and picked up one hit and two RBI against Arizona (March 15) ... Pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for the win vs. Arizona State (March 15) ... Had two hits and one RBI, plus pitched seven innings for the win against Washington (March 14) ... Went 2-for-4 and knocked in two RBI, plus struck out 10 batters and picked up the win vs. Texas A&M (March 1) ... Struck out a career high 15 batters and earned the win vs. Georgia Tech (March 1) ... Threw a no-hitter vs. Hofstra (Feb. 23) ... Combined on a one-hitter against UC Davis (Feb. 23) ... Pitched 10 innings and struck out 13 for the win, and went 3-for-4 with two RBI vs. Illinois State (Feb. 22) ... Hit a grand slam and earned a complete-game win over FAU (Feb. 17) ... Knocked in five runs, hit a home run and a double, plus picked up the win in the circle vs. Maryland (Feb. 16) ... Went 2-3 with one RBI, and pitched a complete-game shutout in the win vs. Samford (Feb. 10) ... struck out 10 batters in the win vs. Marshall (Feb. 8).
Freshman (2012) ... All-Big Ten first team ... NFCA All-Great Lakes second team (utility/pitcher) ... Two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week ... Regular Season Reached base in 32 consecutive contests (March 21-May 24) ... Started 42 games, splitting time in the circle and at designated player ... Hit a game-winning walk-off double in Michigan's 3-2 win over Kentucky in the NCAA Regional (May 18) ... Hit a two-run walk-off home run against Eastern Michigan (May 1) ... Went 9-10 in the cirlce with a 2.53 ERA ... Recorded three saves on the season ... Hit two home runs at Ohio State (April 6) ... Picked up the win against Bowling Green, pitching 6.0 innings while giving up just two runs on three hits ... Also went 2-for-3 at the plate against the Falcons, knocking in two runs ... Hit first career home run against Eastern Michigan (March 21), going 1-for-2 with two RBI ... Also picked up the win against EMU, throwing 5.0 innings and giving up two runs on four hits ... Earned the save in Michigan's 3-1 win over Mississippi State (Feb. 26), pitching 2.1 scoreless innings ... Registered four strikeouts against Hofstra (Feb. 25) ... Picked up Michigan's 2-1 win over No. 22 LSU (Feb. 11), pitching 7.0 innings while giving up just three hits and striking out two ... Picked up first career hit against Louisiana Tech, going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Prep ... Graduated from Hudsonville High School (2011) ... Four-year varsity letterwinner ... Michigan Miss Softball (2011) ... 2011 DAC High School Female Athlete of the Year ... Named MVP of the 2011 Under Armour All-America game ... Four-time all-conference, all-district, all-region and all-state (2008-11) ... Three-time team MVP (2009-11) ... Two-time captain (2010-11) ... Led Hudsonville to the MHSAA state championship in 2009 and 2010 ... 2010 ESPN National Junior Player of the Year ... Went 97-10 in the circle during her high school career with an ERA of 0.40, recording 945 strikeouts ... Held a .504 career batting average with 31 home runs, 55 doubles, 18 triples and 186 RBI.
Personal ... Sara Lynn Driesenga was born on Oct. 12, 1992 ... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... psychology major ... Daughter of Brian and Lori Driesenga ... Mother, Lori, played basketball at Calvin ... sister Katie plays water polo at Chico State ... sister Rachel plays basketball at Spring Arbor University.