Penna Singled Out for BIG EAST Honor
Feb. 27, 2012
CHICAGO – For the third time in a row, the BIG EAST Conference has honored a DePaul softball player in its weekly awards program.
Sophomore pitcher Hannah Penna was chosen for the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday after sparking the Blue Demons to the NFCA Leadoff Classic title over the weekend.
Penna went 2-0 at the tournament in Clearwater, Fla. with a 0.58 earned-run average. She was at her best in a 4-2 victory over No. 20/17 Georgia Tech, going five innings and allowing one earned run and one hit while striking out five and walking two.
That netted her recognition as having one of the league's top seven performances last week.
“That’s so sweet,” was Penna’s reaction to the good news. “All the hard work I’ve been putting in---it’s cool.
“I am very surprised as well. With everything that went on last year, I kind of got down on myself. It’s not easy to come back from that.”
It has been a big turnaround for the right-hander from Miami. She has gone from last year’s 0-0 record and 8.40 ERA to 2-1 so far this season with a team-leading 1.22 ERA.
“Eug (DePaul coach Eugene Lenti) and Nancy (pitching coach Nancy Evans) are having me work on my control,” Penna said. “They have limited me to three pitches, and that’s given me more time to work on each pitch.
“It’s all made me a better pitcher.”
After a week off, Penna and the Blue Demons will head to Hannah’s hometown of Miami to face Florida International and Delaware.
“I’m really excited about going home,” Penna said. “It'll make me a little more nervous pitching in front of family, friends, my high school coaches and teammates.
“I didn’t do so well last year at the FIU Combat Classic in Miami, and they all saw it. This year, I have something to prove.”