March 18, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Sophomore Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) of the University of Michigan softball team was honored by the Big Ten conference today (Monday, March 18) with the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award. She is the first U-M pitcher to win the award this season, and it marks her third career Big Ten weekly honor.
Driesenga earned three victories over ranked opponents at the Judi Garman Classic held in Fullerton, Calif. Driesenga picked up the win over No. 18 Washington with a complete game, only yielding one run. She pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief against No. 2 Arizona State to earn the win in the midst of a U-M comeback. The sophomore also started and received the win against No. 14 Arizona, going six innings in a complete-game run-rule decision without giving up an earned run.
At the weekend tournament Driesenga went 3-0 and pitched 17.2 innings over four appearances. She gave up just three earned runs, walking three and striking out 11. She helped U-M compile a 4-1 record at the weekend tournament.
Driesenga currently leads all Big Ten pitchers with 16 wins and 128.0 innings pitched. She is averaging nearly a strikeout an inning (124). Opposing batters are hitting just .218 against her on the year.
This is the third career award for Driesenga, who was honored twice last season as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 13, April 16). She is the second Wolverine to be honored this year following Sierra Romero's (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) two Freshman of the Week awards. Driesenga is the first U-M pitcher to take the weekly honor since Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) on May 14, 2012.
The Wolverines open up the Big Ten conference season against Purdue on Friday (March 22, 4 p.m.) at the Wilpon Complex home of Alumni Field. [ Tickets ]
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