April 11, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford sophomore pitcher Teagan Gerhart has been named the Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week after leading the Cardinal softball team to its first series win over UCLA in four years.
Gerhart showed her toughness in the circle this weekend, throwing 21.1 innings and a total of 391 pitches in three appearances at UCLA. She posted a 1.97 ERA on the weekend, striking out 20 Bruin hitters and gave up just six runs. The Norco, Calif., native also hit .429 on the weekend with a .571 slugging percentage and a .556 on-base percentage.
It all started on Friday in which she threw 231 pitches in a career-high 13.0 innings. She fanned 12 batters, marking her fourth double-digit strikeout game of the year. Gerhart was pulled after the 13th inning and was not the pitcher of record in the loss. However, she also tallied a hit, drew a walk, stole a base and scored two of Stanford's five runs in the 6-5 decision for the Bruins.
On Saturday, Gerhart entered the game in relief in the bottom of the sixth inning. She allowed just one hit and struck out the final UCLA batter to give Stanford its first win over UCLA in four years. On Sunday, Gerhart earned her 14th win of the season in a 5-1 Stanford victory, giving the Cardinal the series win for the first time since 2007. She tossed her 16th complete game of the season, allowing just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts. Offensively, she went 2-2 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored in the win.
It is the first Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor for Gerhart and the first softball winner since Missy Penna won on May 18, 2008.
Also Nominated: Tyler Gaffney (baseball), Annie Read (lacrosse), Kevin Laube (sailing), Bradley Klahn (men's tennis), Geoffrey Tabor (men's track), Kori Carter (women's track), Spencer McLachlin (men's volleyball), Melissa Seidemann (women's water polo).