March 10, 2014
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Junior pitcher Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) of the University of Michigan softball team was named the Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday (March 10) for going 3-0, including a pair of wins over top-10 teams, during Michigan's trip to California. This marks the first weekly award of 2014 for the junior and the sixth of her career.
The southpaw shut down two top-hitting teams during U-M's West Coast swing, defeating No. 4 UCLA (9-4, March 5) and No. 7 Arizona (3-0, March 7), and she added a win over Texas (3-1, March 8).
Wagner became the first pitcher to beat UCLA this season after the Bruins racked up 17 wins in a row to open 2014. She tossed five innings at UCLA's Easton Stadium, giving up four runs and striking out three.
Against Arizona, the Wagner was nearly flawless. She yielded just four hits -- with only one Wildcat reaching second base -- against a team that came into the game batting .395 (21 games). She tossed a complete-game shutout, the second time this season she blanked a top-10 team (Kentucky, Feb. 22).
For the week, Wagner hurled 23.2 innings and compiled an earned run average of 1.18. She had a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (15 to five) and opponents hit .224 against her. The three wins improved her season record to a perfect 11-0.
Wagner currently leads all Big Ten pitchers in ERA at 0.88 and is tied for the lead in wins (Sara Moulton, Minnesota). The lefty ranks second in opposing batting average (.173) and sixth in strikeouts (55).
The Wolverines have now won five Big Ten weekly honors in the season's first five weeks. The only week the squad did not win an award, U-M had four games rained out.
Player of the Week: Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) Feb. 10
Freshman of the Week: Abby Ramirez (Chicago, Ill./Trinity) Feb. 10; Megan Betsa (McDonough, Ga./Union Grove) Feb. 18, Feb. 24
Pitcher of the Week: Haylie Wagner March 10
The Maize and Blue return to the diamond on Saturday (March 15) for the Class Act Federal Credit Union Classic in Louisville, Ky. The first game is against Kent State at 11 a.m.
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