Verdun Earns Fourth BIG EAST Accolade
April 4, 2011
CHICAGO – Kirsten Verdun is in the BIG EAST Conference spotlight once again.
The freshman pitcher picked up her fourth weekly award on Monday when the BIG EAST named her to the softball Honor Roll.
Verdun was recognized for having one of the best performances in the league last week.
The lefthander from Coal City located near Joliet went 3-1 in the circle with the only loss to Louisville when she was victimized by two unearned runs.
Verdun bounced back to win all three games against St. John’s over the weekend.
For the week, Verdun had an earned-run average of 0.35. She gave up just one earned run over 20 innings and had 17 strikeouts with only two walks.
Louisville and St. John’s hit a combined .184 against her.
“Verdun has been huge for us this season,” said DePaul coach Eugene Lenti. “She keeps hitters off balance and gets a fair amount of ground balls.
“She is like a bulldog out there. I think she has some Greg Maddux in her.”
Verdun was chosen as the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 21 after going 3-0 and leading DePaul to the title of the USF tournament. She was selected for the Honor Roll on March 7 and March 14.
For the season, Verdun is 12-3 with a 1.74 ERA, four shutouts and three saves. She pitched five innings and Bree Brown finished up the final two innings of a no-hitter March 5th against Boston College.
She has 82 strikeouts and 28 walks in 104.2 innings and opponents have hit .201 against her.
Offensively, Verdun is batting .312 and leads the Blue Demons in home runs with seven, RBIs with 22 and walks with 24. She is second in runs scored and third in hits.