LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A very impressive weekend at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., has earned Michigan sophomore pitcher Sara Driesenga the nod as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for March 19.
The reigning Big Ten Conference’s Pitcher of the Week posted a 3-0 record, a 1.19 ERA and 11 strikeouts over 17.2 innings of effort while recording high-profile victories over then-No. 18 Washington, then-No. 2 Arizona State and then-No. 14 Arizona. The Hudsonville, Mich., native fired a complete-game against the 18th-rated Huskies, allowing a single tally on five hits, while also going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a RBI. In the upset of the second-ranked Sun Devils, Driesenga tossed 2.1 frames of scoreless relief as the Wolverines rallied from a two-run deficit for a 5-4 triumph. She also fired a four-hit shutout and was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs during UM’s 9-1 (6 inn.) rout of the No. 14 Wildcats.
Driesenga currently boasts a Big Ten-best 16 wins (16-5 overall) to go along with a 1.48 ERA, 124 strikeouts over a league-high 128 innings of effort, 14 complete games and a .214 batting average against. At the dish she’s also contributed a .264 mark with four doubles, two HR’s, 19 walks and 25 RBIs.
Next up for No. 14 Michigan is the opening of its Big Ten campaign as the Wolverines host Purdue at the Wilpon Softball Complex in a three-game series over March 22-24.
Other Selected Top Performances
Hawaii’s Kaia Parnaby won Big West Pitcher of the Week honors after going 6-1 overall (lone loss to then-No. 5 California) with a 0.41 ERA and 76 strikeouts over 51 innings (including a school single-game 17 K’s versus Syracuse) at the Chevron Spring Fling…Jolene Henderson of California was a perfect 3-0 with a 0.33 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21 innings while topping Syracuse and both nationally-ranked Baylor and Hawaii at the Chevron Spring Fling…Creighton’s Amy Baker hit .429 overall with eight extra-base hits, including five HR’s and 10 RBIs, while also tying the Missouri Valley Conference’s career HR record (52 HR’s)…Fordham’s Elise Fortier batted .556 (5-for-9) with 12 runs scored, five HR’s and eight RBIs…Florida’s Lauren Haeger won SEC Co-Player of the Week accolades after blasting three HR’s, including both a three-run shot and a two-run walk-off HR in beating then-No. 6 Tennessee during the two teams’ series finale, 5-3 (8 inn.)…Loyola Marymount’s Sydney Gouveia struck out a school record 17 during a win over Cal State Northridge as part of a 4-0 week with a 0.00 ERA and 58 K’s in 29 frames …Tennessee’s Lauren Gibson also reaped SEC Co-Player of the Week after hitting .500 (6-for-12) with three HR’s, including a clutch two-run HR to tie the series opener at No. 3 Florida during the seventh inning, and six RBIs for the Lady Vols…USF’s Lindsey Richardson fired her second no-hitter of the season while going 3-0 with a save and 30 K’s over 19 frames on her way to reaping the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week award…UTEP’s Alanna Leasau hit two grand slams in a 12-9 victory over Mississippi Valley State as part of a three-HR, 10 RBI week…Amanda Henderson of Kennesaw State was chosen as the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week after going 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA and striking out a season-high 14 during a win over Lipscomb…Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts was 3-0 with three shutouts, a 0.00 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 17 innings while hitting .375 at the dish as the Sooners stretched their consecutive shutout streak to 40 frames…Mississippi State’s Sam Lenahan knocked in eight runs as part of a .667 (8-for-12) effort with four doubles, a triple, a HR and six runs scored…Tulsa’s Lacey Middlebrooks was tabbed as the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and firing her first career no-hitter during a win over Memphis…Georgia’s Tina Iosefa finished the week with a .462 average (6-for-13) with three HR’s and seven RBIs in earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors…Hofstra’s Tessa Ziemba blasted a pair of HR’s and slugged at 1.133 as part of a .600 performance (9-for-15) with eight runs scored and six RBIs…Hannah Cole of Eastern Illinois picked up Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week after registering 13 total hits over nine total contests, with three of those HR’s, and 12 RBIs for the Panthers.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 12 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Sr. – P – San Jose, Calif.
Feb. 19 – B.B. Bates – UCLA – Sr. – OF – Victorville, Calif.
Feb. 26 – Kelsey Stevens – Stanford – Fr. – P – Albuquerque, N.M.
March 5 – Katie Keller – Louisville – Jr. – 2B – Livermore, Calif.
March 12 – Ivy Renfroe – Tennessee – Sr. – P – Jackson, Tenn.
March 19 – Sara Driesenga – Michigan – So. – P – Hudsonville, Mich.