Arizona State's Katie Burkhart Named Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week

April 17, 2007

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE junior Katie Burkhart has been named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 10-16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Burkhart was nearly perfect in the circle in three outings last week, leading the Sun Devils to a win over California and a two-game sweep of Stanford. Arizona State outscored its opponents by a combined 23-2 over the weekend, and Burkhart threw a pair of shutouts for her part.

Friday against the Golden Bears, Burkhart was simply dominant, allowing just one hit in a five-inning run-rule victory. Burkhart fanned 12 out of the 15 outs she recorded, and did not walk a single batter.

Saturday was a different game but nearly the same story, as Burkhart threw another one-hit shutout against the Cardinal, striking out 10 in a 7-0 victory. She came within two outs of a perfect game before Stanford got its lone with one out in the seventh.

Burkhart took over in relief on Sunday with the Sun Devils trailing the Cardinal, 2-1, and held them hitless over the final 4.2 innings while the offense caught up and eventually rolled to an 8-2 win.

Overall, Burkhart was 3-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA in 16.2 innings. She allowed just the two hits, zero walks and struck out 26. Opponents batted a microscopic .036 against Burkhart on the week. Burkhart (21-8) lowered her ERA to a league-leading 0.79 and is the only pitcher with an ERA under 1.00. Arizona State's career stirkeouts leader also leads the Conference with 317.

Arizona State (39-10, 5-3 Pac-10) are currently tied for second in the Conference standings, and moved up one spot to ninth in today's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top-25. They host first-place Arizona this Wednesday, then welcome the Oregon schools for three games over the weekend.

This is Burkhart's sixth career Pitcher of the Week honor and third this season. It is the 50th Player/Pitcher of the Week award all-time for Arizona State.

ALSO NOMINATED: Missy Penna, STAN; Megan Langenfeld, UCLA.

2007 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 13 - Katie Burkhart, Jr., ASU; Feb. 20 - Danielle Lawrie, So., WASH; Feb. 27 - Missy Penna, So., STAN; Mar. 5 - Danielle Lawrie, So., WASH; Mar. 13 - Katie Burkhart, Jr., ASU; Mar. 20 - Taryne Mowatt, Jr., ARIZ; Mar. 27 - Melissa Rice, So., ORE; Apr. 3 - Brianne McGowan, Sr., OSU; Apr. 10 - Taryne Mowatt, Jr., ARIZ; Apr. 17 - Katie Burkhart, Jr., ASU.

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