Missy Penna Earns Third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Honor
May 13, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal junior Missy Penna has been named the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week, as announced by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen earlier today. The Miami, Fla. native shattered three school records in one game as the Cardinal upended the No. 2/2 Arizona State Sun Devils last Thursday.
In one thrilling night, Penna struck out a school-record 17 batters, broke the school's single-season strikeout record, matched Stanford's single-season win record and carried the team to a 2-1, ten-inning upset of No. 2/2 Arizona State in Tempe.
Penna (34-10) earned her league-leading 34th win of the year in the upset, matching Dana Sorensen's single-season win record from 2004. Her 17 K's bested the previous single-game record of 16 set by herself (2007) and Sorensen (2001), and moved her past the school's single-season strikeout record to a new mark of 370.
With the lead in the bottom of the tenth and nearly 200 pitches to her name, she struck out the side for the third time in the game, fanning all three Sun Devils that came to bat. Penna completed the Pac-10 season having pitched more innings than any other pitcher in the league, including 18 complete games in conference play.
The honor is the fourth of Penna's career, her third of the season and the fifth Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week honor this year for Stanford. Penna also won the award after throwing a no-hitter and posting three shutouts in the opening weekend of the season and winning back-to-back games to take the series from rival Cal in late April. It is the 37th all-time honor for Stanford.
The Cardinal meets Lehigh on Friday at 2:30 p.m. (ET) in the Amherst Regional to begin the NCAA Tournament.