Feb. 11, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- A strong opening weekend of action has earned Cassandra Darrah Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday afternoon. Darrah recorded three of the Badgers’ four wins at the First Pitch Classic in Charlotte, N.C. over the weekend.
The junior opened the season with a 12-3 win over tournament host Charlotte. In four innings of work, Darrah allowed no earned runs on five hits and struck out one batter. Darrah finished the day with an inning of relief against Presbyterian, holding the Blue Hose hitless and striking out one.
Darrah’s success continued on Saturday with a 1-0 shutout win over Notre Dame. She held the Irish scoreless on five hits and recorded five strikeouts.
The right-hander’s biggest win of the weekend came on Sunday when the Badgers defeated Notre Dame, 6-5, in 11-innings. Darrah pitched all 11 innings -- a career high -- and tied a career best with 10 strikeouts.
Darrah finished the weekend with 23 innings of work, allowing just two earned runs and recording a 0.61 ERA. Darrah gave up 22 hits, struck out 17 and walked four batters while holding opponents to a .247 batting average.
This is Darrah’s third Big Ten weekly honor, as she earned the award twice in 2012.