The Gustavus softball team won five of its six conference games last week, including a split with St. Thomas to stay even with the Tommies atop the MIAC standings. On the mound for three of the five wins was freshman pitcher Sarah Rozell (Lakeville, Minn./North). The Gusties’ rookie had a tremendous week, tossing three shutouts, including one against UST to end the Tommies’ impressive winning streaks (13 straight wins, 53 straight conference wins). For her performance, Rozell has been named the MIAC Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week.
Rozell’s week started with a five-inning, one-hit shutout of St. Olaf last Monday with two walks and one strikeout in the 8-0, five-inning win. She tossed another five-inning shutout Wednesday, holding Macalester to four hits and one walk with three strikeouts in a 9-0 victory. However, her best effort halted St. Thomas’ incredible streaks Saturday, as she allowed just four hits and one walk with three strikeouts in the 4-0, seven-inning shutout. She also had two relief appearances and didn’t allow a run in 18.2 innings of work. This season, Rozell is 10-2 with a 2.12 ERA with 63 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 86.0 innings. Overall, she ranks second in wins, fifth in strikeouts and tied for first in shutouts in the MIAC during her stellar freshman campaign.
The Gusties’ 5-1 week helped them improve to 19-7 overall and 11-1 in MIAC play to remain deadlocked with the defending champion Tommies in the race for the 2012 MIAC championship and No. 1 playoff seed. Gustavus faces another busy week of conference play, facing St. Catherine on the road Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader. The Gusties host Carleton Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. twin bill and Saturday they head to St. Joseph for two games against Saint Benedict at 1 p.m.