Sara Driesenga 10
Sara  Driesenga

Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Hudsonville, Mich.

High School:
Hudsonville

Height:
6-1

Position:
RHP


05/26/2016

Driesenga Named to Academic All-America First Team

Softball's Driesenga Named to Academic All-America First Team

05/19/2016

Wolverines Place Eight on NFCA All-Region Teams

Softball Places Eight on NFCA All-Region Teams

05/11/2016

Romero, Betsa Lead Michigan's Dominance of All-Big Ten Awards

Romero, Betsa Lead Softball's Dominance of All-Big Ten Awards

05/05/2016

Driesenga Selected to Academic All-District Team

Softball's Driesenga Selected to Academic All-District Team

04/14/2016

Romero, Driesenga Selected in National Pro Fastpitch Draft

Romero, Driesenga Selected in National Pro Fastpitch Draft

05/15/2016

Softball Advances to B1G Title Game

05/17/2013

Softball Highlights - #7 U-M 5, Valpo 0

U-M rode Sara Driesenga's shutout to a 5-0 NCAA Regional win over Valparaiso.

At Michigan
• NFCA Great Lakes All-Region first team (pitcher, 2016), second team (pitcher, 2013; utility, 2012)
• All-Big Ten first team (pitcher, 2013; utility, 2012) and second team (pitcher, 2016)
• Capital One Academic All-America first team (2016)
• Four-time Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 14, '15, '16)
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2016)
• U-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2013, '14, '15, '16)
• USA Softball Preseason Top 50 Players to Watch List (2014)

Fifth-Year Senior (2016)
• NFCA Great Lakes Region first team
• All-Big Ten second team
• Capital One Academic All-America first team
• Academic All-Big Ten
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
• U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award
• Drafted No. 27 overall by the Scrap Yard Dawgs in the 2016 NPF Draft
• Appeared in 35 games, starting 20 from the circle
• Recorded a 22-1 mark with a 2.13 ERA and 95 strikeouts
• Tossed three complete-game shutouts; contributed to five combined shutouts
• Threw two shutout innings against Miami in NCAA Regional play (May 21)
• Won in relief against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal (May 14), allowing no runs on three hits through 4.1 innings
• Posted a season-high seven saves against Northwestern (March 25) and Central Michigan (April 27)
• Allowed three hits in a complete-game shutout vs. Michigan State (April 19)
• Also earned shutout wins against California (March 4) and Penn State-1 (April 30)
• Threw a complete-game two-hitter against Eastern Michigan (March 16)
• Earned a save after starting at #13 UCLA (March 3); reentered to earn the final two outs in the seventh inning
• Struck out five and allowed five hits in a win at #13 Florida State (Feb. 20)

Senior (2015)
• Academic All-Big Ten
• U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award
• Appeared in eight games, starting four at pitcher and three at designated player
• Missed most of the season with injury; was granted a medical hardship redshirt by the NCAA
• Struck out nine in a complete-game win vs. Illinois State (Feb. 8)
• Won in relief at South Florida (Feb. 7), striking out four while allowing three hits in 5.2 innings

Junior (2014)
• Academic All-Big Ten
• USA Softball Preseason Top 50 Players to Watch List
• U-M Academic Athletic Achievement
• 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 RBI 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)
• 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
• Reached base in 32 consecutive contests (March 21-24)
• 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 circle 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 School of Social Work, pursuing a master's degree in social work
• Earned a bachelor's degrees in psychology in April 2015
• Daughter of Brian and Lori Driesenga
• Mother played basketball at Calvin
• Sister, Katie, plays water polo at Chico State
• Sister, Rachel, plays basketball at Spring Arbor University.

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