May 29, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Player Kirsten Verdun capped one of the most decorated careers in DePaul softball history with her second NFCA All-America certificate on Wednesday, joining the second team as a pitcher/utility player for the second time as a Blue Demon.
Verdun, who was also an NFCA All-American in 2012, is the 13th player in DePaul softball history to receive the recognition. The Coal City, Ill. native is also the first Blue Demon to be recognized since she garnered the same award in 2012. The program now has 25 total All-American awards to its credit.
A dual threat at the plate and in the circle, this season Verdun became the first pitcher in program history to ever accumulate 900-innings with 900-plus strikeouts and 100 or more wins. She finished her career standing first all-time at DePaul in starts, strikeouts looking and batters faced, while finishing second in the record books in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, appearances and complete games.
During her senior season, she put up 33 wins to tie the single-season school record and rank third in the nation. Verdun finished the year with a 1.76 ERA, 33-7 record and 299 strikeouts in 251 innings pitched, leading the Blue Demons to BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament titles as well as the eighth NCAA Tournament Regional Final in program history.
Verdun threw two no-hitters in the month of April, getting her first career no-no on April 5 in a six-inning win against Seton Hall. She came back on April 27 to get another, beating Villanova in a dominant five innings.
Individually, Verdun was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year in addition to earning Most Outstanding Player honors at the BIG EAST Championships. This season, she was also named NFCA Great Lakes All-Region First Team and First Team All-BIG EAST – both for the fourth time in her career.
At the plate, Verdun led her team and the BIG EAST with 43 walks and ranked 21st nationally in walks per game (0.78). She also set DePaul’s all-time record for free passes in a career this season. Additionally, she ranked second on the team and fourth in the BIG EAST with .483 on-base percentage while striking out just 15 times in 204 plate appearances.
Her .348 batting average ranked fourth on the Blue Demons and she added seven homers and 23 RBI -- all from the leadoff spot in the order.
Also a standout in the classroom, she was named Third Team Capital One Academic All-American just last week and is one of only seven student-athletes in the nation to appear on both all-american rosters. She carries a 3.59 GPA as a communication and media major, while also pursuing a minor in applied psychology.