Verdun Chosen as BIG EAST Softball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 11, 2013
CHICAGO – The first BIG EAST Conference weekly awards of the softball season honored DePaul ace Kirsten Verdun on Monday.
The junior left-hander was recognized as the BIG EAST Softball Pitcher of the Week after her performance at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Verdun went 3-1 at Eller Media Stadium and gave up just one earned run in 22.1 innings for an ERA of 0.31. The 2012 second-team NFCA All-American had shutout wins over UCF and Minnesota and gave up one run to Texas Tech. She had 23 strikeouts in 22.1 innings and held opponents to a .195 batting average.
“This award is a true testament to her fortitude,” said DePaul softball coach Eugene Lenti after the Blue Demons went 4-1 in Las Vegas. “She was able to come out of a difficult game against No. 18 Louisville to shut out Minnesota in a 1-0 game. Then, she only gave up one run against a great-hitting Texas Tech team in our 5-1 win.
“Verdun was dominant on in our season opener, (11-0, five-inning win over UCF) and set the tone for our team. She is a bulldog on the mound, and every time she takes the ball, she gives us a chance to win.”
Despite being the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year two years ago and an NFCA Second Team All-American last year, Verdun is still driving herself to improve.
“I was talking to her the other day and she mentioned how she lost 15 games last season (Verdun was 27-15),” Lenti said. “She looked at me and said: ‘Fifteen losses---I didn’t lose that many in my whole high school career. It won’t happen again.’”
Verdun also sparked a DePaul offense that outscored its opponents by a total of 28-9. She was 8-for-15 (.533) with one home run, three doubles and six RBIs.