20 Alissa Koch  
Alissa Koch

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Racine, Wis.

High School:
J.I. Case HS

Position:
Pitcher

Experience:
2L

Bats/Throws:
R/R


05/18/2012

Gopher Softball Season in Review

The Gophers reached the 30-win mark for the second-straight season, which hasn't happened since 2003 and 2004.

05/06/2012

Meyer Homers in Gophers' Loss to Purdue

Freshman Erica Meyer notched her seventh home run of the season in the third inning.

04/28/2012

Minnesota Stunned Twice in Happy Valley

The Golden Gophers saw Penn State storm back to pull off two comeback victories on Saturday afternoon.

04/22/2012

Six Inches from Sweeping: Michigan Escapes Minneapolis in Extra Innings

A Bree Blanchette hit in the ninth barely bent foul to negate what would have been a game-winning hit.

04/18/2012

Moulton, Gophers Shutout Bison in Midweek Sweep

Sara Moulton garnered her 19th and 20th victory of the season behind a pair of 10-strikeout performances.

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2012 • SENIOR SEASON:
Made 29 appearances with 13 starts • hurled 76 innings and compiled a 6-8 record, which is the most wins in her career for a single season • posted a career-low ERA of 4.88 • made eight scoreless appearances • made first appearance of the year in a two-inning, clean-up effort again Weber State (Feb. 12) • tallied first win of the year in a three-inning outing against CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 12) • garnered her second win against James Madison (Feb. 25) in a five-hit, five-strikeout performance • notched a season-high seven strikeouts in a win over Cleveland State (Mar. 2) • had a complete game, four-hit outing in a loss to Providence (Mar. 9) • tossed a three-hitter against Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 10) and struck out six batters for a win • garnered her fifth win on the year with a five-inning outing against Illinois (Mar. 24) where she allowed five hits and fanned five • reached career-high number of single season victories by tossing 5.1 innings against Nebraska (Mar. 31) for victory number six • hurled 5.2 innings against Michigan (Apr. 22) and allowed only four hits in an extra-inning loss • capped off her career with a complete game performance against Iowa (May 12).

2011 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Appeared in 23 games for the Gopher's and started 12 • pitched 87.2 innings with an 6.07 ERA • struck out 98 batters and walked 72 • threw eight complete games • gained first win of the season in a 4.1 inning relief outing versus UNC Greensboro (Feb. 26) • recorded first complete game against Oklahoma State (March 11) • tallied second win in an 11-3 triumph over Iowa State (April 7) by fanning eight batters and only allowing five hits • turned in arguably her best career outing on April 9 versus South Dakota in a complete game one-hit shutout where she struck out a career high 17 batters.

2010 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Appeared in 30 games with 30 starts • pitched 168.1 innings with a 6.57 ERA • struck out 133 batters, walking 112 • pitched 8 complete games including a 10.0 inning overtime win against Wisconsin (5/12) • allowed one run against against Indiana (4/17) • struck out batters in every game she played • recorded two games with double digit strikeouts (12 and 11) ... committed only 1 error with a fielding percentage of .980 • also had 3 at bats with 1 walk.

2009 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Started seven games in the circle and appeared in 16 • pitched 58.1 innings finishing with a 1-7 record and a 6.12 ERA • struck out 40 batters and surrendered 31 walks • threw three compete games, including a 5.0 inning, four hit, 13-1 win over Butler on Mar. 19 for her first career win • first career start came on Feb. 6 against North Florida in the second game of the season • in her second start, on Feb. 8 vs. UNC Greensboro, tabbed her first career complete game, throwing all 7.0 innings, allowing just five hits and one run, while striking out a career high seven before losing the decision 0-1 • threw 3.0 innings of one hit, shutout relief against Nevada on Feb. 27, as well as 3.0 shutout innings against Stanford the same day • struck out four or more batters on five occasions • also started three games as a DH and recorded 35 total at-bats on the season, collecting five hits for a .143 average • first career hit came on Feb. 22 vs. Pittsburgh • went 1-for-1 with an RBI as a pinch hitter on Feb. 28 vs. UC Riverside • helped her own cause in her win over Butler on Mar. 19, going 1-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI • notched a career high four at-bats on Mar. 1 • earned second letter.

HIGH SCHOOL:
Graduate of J.I. Case High School • high school coach was Damon Jackson • Named 2007 Division I Player of the Year (Wis.) • three-time all-county and two-time all-area selection • named All-Southeast Conference in 2006, 2007 and 2008 • two-time All-State honoree • led high school team to Southeast Conference championships in 2006 and 2007 and also to a regional championship in 2007 • competed for Racine Belles for six years • named to the USSSA World Series All-Tournament team in 2007 and 2008 • earned all-county Player of the Year awards in 2007 and 2008 • collected MVP accolades at the 2008 USSSA World Series • National Honor Society (NHS) member • also earned high school letters in volleyball and basketball.

PERSONAL:
Parents are Jim and Maria Koch • has siblings Trista (24) and Mike (23) • lists a comeback victory in the ASA state championship game as her greatest sports thrill • enjoys snowboarding, camping and traveling • born Nov. 3, 1989.


GET TO KNOW ALISSA KOCH:
Why the University of Minnesota?

My sophomore year of high school I attended my first softball camp at Minnesota, and following that, I was determined to come here. Eventually my goal grew into a desire to play softball for Minnesota as well.

What is it like to play for Minnesota?
Playing softball for the University is a lot of hard work, but it is worth it. The team is your family, and we push one another everyday to become the best we can be. It is a once in a lifetime experience that I have gained, and I wouldn't trade this time for anything.

Favorite aspect of softball?
That it is a true team sport, and one person can't win the game.

Pregame rituals/superstitions?
Last year, I wore a specific headband, but it broke right after we played South Dakota..

First softball memory?
When I was 6-years old, my brother and I would go outside and play baseball with a tennis ball and bat. First and third were trees, second was a fence post, and if you hit it over the street, it was a homerun.

Game/reality show you would like to be on?
I would love to be on The Glee Project because I love to act, sing and dance. I don't do any of them well, but it would be an awesome experience.

Favorite place to eat in Dinkytown?
Loring Pasta Bar, but I only go there when my parents are intown.

Favorite TV show as a kid?
I love Rugrats when I was little.

Guilty pleasure song?
"Kiss From a Rose" by Seal

Bucket List
Live in another country for any amount of time
Run a marathon
Invent something
Write a children's book