Verdun named to 2012 NFCA Division I All-American Second Team
Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08
DePaul softball standout Kirsten Verdun was named to the 2012 NFCA Division I All-American Second Team as an At-Large Utility-Pitcher May 30.
The sophomore, who was named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week earlier this year, had an exceptional 2012 season.
As a pitcher, Verdun compiled a 27-15 record with a 1.62 ERA and 266 strikeouts in 272 innings. The lefty started the final 21 games of the regular season, leading the Blue Demons to their 17th appearance in the NCAA Championship.
She set DePaul season records for most games started and most innings pitched and has the second-highest single season strikeout mark in the program’s history. Verdun’s pitching was highlighted by 27 strikeouts in a doubleheader split with NCAA tournament qualifier Syracuse and came within three outs of a perfect game against Providence.
Behind the plate, Verdun led the team with a .363 batting average and was also tops in home runs (11), RBIs (41), hits (61), walks (29), doubles (12), slugging percentage (.631) and on-base percentage (.462).
Verdun is DePaul’s 25th All-American and first since infielder Amber Patton attained the honor in 2009.