May 2, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) of the University of Michigan softball team was voted to the Capital One Academic All-District second team as announced today (Thursday, May 2) by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Driesenga is one of just five Big Ten players to make the first or second team from district five, which encompasses the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The sophomore right-handed pitcher is studying psychology in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. She was recently honored as a recipient of the U-M Academic Athletic Achievement award.
Driesenga has helped lead Michigan to a 41-9 overall and 17-2 Big Ten record. The Wolverines are currently in first place in the league. She has a trio of top-five statistical marks in the conference with 23 wins (second), 182 strikeouts (fourth) and an earned-run average of 1.87 (fourth).
She has more than doubled her win total from last season (9) and has already pitched 55 more innings (124.1 to 179.1). Driesenga is currently averaging slightly more than one strikeout per inning (182 strikeouts in 179.1 innings). The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named Driesenga its National Player of the Week on March 19 following her three-win performance over ranked teams at the Judi Garman Classic (March 14-16).
The sophomore is following up an All-Big Ten first team freshman campaign. She batted .340 with six home runs and 21 runs batted in during her rookie season.
Michigan concludes its regular season with a three-game series beginning Friday (May 3) against Northwestern at the Wilpon Complex. The game is slated to begin at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on WLBY 1290 am. Michigan will wear pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer research.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423