17 Sara Groenewegen  
Sara Groenewegen

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
White Rock, B.C.

High School:
Elgin Park Secondary

Position:
Pitcher

B/T:
R/R


09/05/2014

Gophers Hold 2014 Awards Banquet

Kaitlyn Richardson, Sara Moulton, Sara Groenewegen, and Erika Smyth won team awards Friday night

08/15/2014

Top Play No. 5: B1G Championship Homers

Kaitlyn Richardson and Sara Groenewegen both homered in to erase a 2-0 deficit in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game

05/25/2014

Minnesota Falls in Super Regional Opener

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series with a 10-2 win in six innings

05/23/2014

Gophers Trek to Eugene for Super Regional

Minnesota is competing in its first-ever super regional

05/17/2014

Gophers Advance to Regional Championship

Minnesota downed North Dakota State, 4-1, in 10 innings

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2014 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Became Minnesota's first Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and also won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award, becoming the third player in conference history to earn both accolades in the same season • First Team All-Big Ten • NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region Second Team • top-10 NFCA National Freshman of the Year finalist • Big Ten Freshman of the Week March 31, April 7, and April 28 • Big Ten Pitcher of the Week (April 7) • named Minnesota's Freshman of the Year • started in 55 of the team's 56 games • in the circle, went 14-3 with a 2.23 ERA, striking out 192 batters and holding opposing batters to a .170 average, the best mark in the Big Ten and second-lowest in school history • had the nation's top strikeouts-per-seven-innings rate at 11.6 • picked up three saves, tossed nine complete games, and had five shutouts • had seven double-digit strikeout games and had the most strikeouts in any 2014 Big Ten conference game when she fanned 14 batters against Purdue (May 2) • allowed 70 hits, the third-fewest ever in a season by a Big Ten pitcher with 75-plus innings pitched • yielded just 30 hits in conference play, the eighth fewest ever among league pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched • threw a no-hitter against Penn State (April 26) • earned three wins over ranked opponents and added a win in relief in NCAA regional play against North Dakota State (May 17) • at the plate, hit cleanup in 44 games and had Minnesota's third-highest batting average at .299 • slugged .592 with a .418 on-base percentage • tied for second on the team, sixth in the conference, and eighth in a single-season school history with 11 home runs • reached base in 45 of 55 games, including 15 games in a row from March 16 to April 13 • had hits in 10-straight games from Feb. 8-23 • notched a team-high nine game-winning RBI • registered 25 of her 42 RBI with two outs and drove in 15 runs (four off home runs) against top-25 ranked opponents • had 11 multi-hit games and 12 multiple-RBI games, including four-RBI performances against Big Ten foes Nebraska (March 23), Northwestern (April 12), and Purdue (May 3) • hit one of the team's two grand slams on the season against Nebraska (March 23) • had three-hit games against Iowa (April 8) and Penn State (April 26).

INTERNATIONAL:
Member of the Canadian National Team in 2013 and 2014 after playing for the Canadian Junior National team • played at the 2014 World Cup of softball in Irvine, Calif., the 2014 Canadian Open in Surrey, B.C., and the 2014 ISF World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands • picked up wins against the United States and Japan during her 2014 stint with her national team • in 2013, played at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, Okla. and the Canadian Open in Surrey, B.C. with the National Team and at the 2013 ISF Junior Women's World Softball Championships in Brampton, Ont. with the Junior National Team.

HIGH SCHOOL:
Played for Team Canada, Junior Team Canada, Team British Columbia, the White Rock Renegades, and the Northwest Sidewinders prior to coming to Minnesota • won the 2013 Province Head of the Class Award • was a part of three national championship teams and three provincial championship teams • pitched a perfect game at provincials and tossed a no-hitter against Team China • also played four years of volleyball and three years of basketball.

PERSONAL:
Plans to major in sport management • most memorable sports thrill was winning her Canadian national championship game in the bottom of the seventh inning • plays softball while managing Type 1 diabetes • uncle, Leo, played 17 years in the Canadian Football League • sister, Marina, played softball at Bradley in 2013 and 2014 after transferring from Southern Idaho • daughter of Arnie and Reesa Groenewegen • born April 12, 1995.

Pitching Stats
Year ERA W L App GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO BF BAvg
2014 2.23 14 3 28 17 9 5/3 3 116.1 70 38 37 42 192 470 .170
TOTAL 2.23 14 3 28 17 9 5/3 3 116.1 70 38 37 42 192 470 .170

Hitting Stats
Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG BB HBP SO OBP SF SH SB-ATT PO A FLD
2014 .299 55-55 157 21 47 11 1 11 42 93 .592 28 4 24 .418 0 0 0-0 191 27 .978
TOTAL .299 55-55 157 21 47 11 1 11 42 93 .592 28 4 24 .418 0 0 0-0 191 27 .978