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Sara Novak
Sara Novak

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Shorewood, Ill.

High School:
Minooka Community

Height:
5-11

Position:
SS/P/UT

Bats/Throws:
R/R

Awards: Big Ten Freshman of the Week (March 24, 2014)

2014: Saw action in 42 games, starting in 34 ... 11 HBP is second most by a freshman in Wisconsin history ... ninth best on base percentage (.364) for freshman ... four home runs in Big Ten play is tied for third most in school history ... scored first run against Bethune-Cookman (2/8) ... notched first career hit and RBI against Florida Gulf Coast in just third at bat (2/16) ... first extra-base hit was a home run at Northwestern on March 21 ... went 5-for-8 with two runs, two home runs and five RBI in series at Northwestern (3/21-22) ... led team to dominant 9-3 victory at Michigan, gathering two hits, including a double and home run and six RBI

High School: Member of the Minooka Community High School varsity softball team ... team won the 2013 Class 4A Illinois State championship ... named 2013 Daily Herald MVP Player of the Year ... first team all-conference sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... 2012 Southwest Prairie Conference MVP ... set five Minooka high school career records ... set a new Minooka high school home run record with 12 her sophomore year ... named to Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times all-state honorable mention teams ... high school coaches were Mark Brown and Amy Saelens ... played for the New Lenox Lightning team for coach Jim Abbott ... named Scholar Athlete all four years ... Illinois State Scholar ... AP Scholar with honors ... two-year member of National Honor Society

Personal: Parents are John and Kay Novak ... has one brother, John

Head coach Yvette Healy on Novak: "We are thrilled to have Sarah Novak join the Badger softball family. Sarah is one of the premier athletes in the Chicagoland area. After playing for years in Jim Abbott's New Lenox Lightning Gold program, we know that Sarah will be sound fundamentally, prepared to walk in and make an immediate impact on the left side of the infield. We love her strength, leadership, athleticism and intelligence. She has great range and quickness in addition to exciting homerun power."

Season Highs (batting)
At Bats 4 (3x) MR at Michigan, May 4
Runs 2 vs. North Dakota, April 9
Hits 2 (3x) MR at Michigan, May 2
Doubles 1 at Michigan, May 2
Triples N/A
Home Runs 1 (4x) MR at Michigan, May 4
Runs Batted In 6 at Michigan, May 2
Walks 2 (2x) MR vs. Iowa, March 29
Strikeouts 2 (3x) MR vs. Nebraska, April 30
Stolen Bases 1 at Michigan, May 3
Hitting Streak 3, March 21-22
Season Highs (pitching)
Innings Pitched 1.0 at FIU, Feb. 15
Strikeouts 1 at FIU, Feb. 15
Walks 3 vs. Arizona State, March 8
Fewest Walks N/A
Hits N/A
Fewest Hits N/A
Home Runs N/A
Runs N/A
Fewest Runs N/A
Earned Runs N/A
Fewest Earned Runs N/A

* Fewest = mininum 4.0 IP

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