Amy Letourneau pitches gem to make 2-run first inning rally stand up
2013: Started every game: 32 in the circle, 20 at first and once as the DP ... Won both the Big Ten batting title (.475) and strikeout crown (113) in league games, becoming the first B1G player to ever perform that feat ... Finished in the top-20 nationally in total strikeouts (13th), strikeouts per seven innings (14th) and hits allowed per seven innings (19th) ... NFCA All-Region second team ... All-Big Ten first-team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Struck out 288 to tie Lisa Ishikawa (1985) for the seventh-most in a single season by an NU hurler ... Batted .500 and slugging 1.053 with 10 doubles, 10 homers and 34 RBIs over NU's last 27 games ... Had double-digit Ks in 12 starts ... Fanned a then-career-high 11 and did not give up an earned run in a 4-3 loss to No. 13 Arizona (2/8) ... Struck out 10 in a complete-game effort versus No. 2 Oklahoma (2/10) ... Fanned 12 in a win over MTSU (2/15) before whiffing a career-best 15 in against Campbell (2/16) ... Held No. 4 Tennessee, a team batting .397 entering the game, to four hits while striking out six in a complete-game 3-2 victory (2/22) ... Fanned 10 while going 2-for-3 at the plate in a victory over BYU (2/23) ... In a 2-0 loss to No. 8 California, allowed just two hits and no earned runs (3/1) ... Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a home run against Cal Poly (3/2) ... Struck out 10 in a three-hit shutout against Cal State Bakersfield (3/3) ... Batted .462 with a 1.000 slugging percentage at the Under Armour Showcase (3/8-3/10) ... Fanned 11 in a complete-game shutout of Boston (3/8) ... Earned a complete-game, 9.0-inning win with just one run allowed and 14 strikeouts while going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a home run against South Carolina (3/9) ... Clubbed a two-run homer later that day against Massachusetts ... Named B1G, Louisville Slugger/NFCA National and USA Softball College Player of the Week after batting .750 and going 2-0 in the circle in a series against Minnesota ... Tossed the first no-hitter of her career and the 45th in school history in a 6-2 win in game one (3/29) ... Fanned 11 and allowed 11 base runners (nine walks, two HBPs) in the no-no while going 2-for-4 at the plate ... In game two, was a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBIs including a three-run homer (3/30) ... Finished the series with a complete-game win while hitting a two-run homer (3/31) ... Struck out 12 in a complete-game against Loyola (Chicago) (4/2) ... Threw another no-no in an 8-0 (5) run-rule win over Illinois (4/5), fanning eight ... Homered and got a complete-game win in series finale versus Illinois (4/7) ... Had a career-best four hits in a 4-for-4 day with a double, a homer and four RBIs against Iowa (4/12) ... Doubled, homered, drove in two and scoring twice while earning a save with five outs all via the K against Northern Illinois (4/16) ... Earned all three wins in the circle and batted .688 with four doubles and five RBIs in a sweep of Penn State (4/19-4/21) ... Struck out 10 in while going 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and a double in game one ... Picked up the game two win in relief during a career-best 4-for-5 day with two doubles and three RBIs ... Finished the finale 3-for-4 with a double and a complete-game victory ... Named B1G Player of the Week after the PSU series ... Batted .500 (4-for-8) with three RBIs and two doubles in a sweep of Purdue (4/26-4/28) ... Fanned 11 and was 2-for-3 with a solo homer in a 4-2 complete-game win over DePaul (4/30) ... Ripped a three-run homer and first-career triple during a four RBI day at UIC (5/1) ... Smashed a three-run go-ahead homer at No. 10 Michigan (5/5) ... Big Ten Tournament All-Tournament team choice after clubbing a double and home run while getting a complete-game win in the circle against Indiana (5/9).
2012: Started 43 games, making 21 starts in the circle and 22 as the designated player ... Appeared in 50 games total ... Batted .348 in Big Ten play ... All-Big Ten second-team selection ... Earned a complete game win, fanning 10 batters, while doubling and driving in three in her collegiate debut versus Texas Tech (2/10) ... Earned a win against No. 17 Texas A&M with an 8.0-inning complete game effort, striking out nine (2/12) ... Also broke that game open with a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning ... Finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs versus Louisiana Tech (2/17) ... Fanned six in a 5.0 complete game win over Fairfield (3/16), also driving in two runs at the plate in that game ... Tripled in two runs versus LIU Brooklyn (3/18) ... Tossed her first-career shutout in an 8-0 (5) win against Hartford (3/20), allowing two hits and four walks while also smacking a ground rule double ... Crushed a pinch-hit, three-run home run in a win at Wisconsin (4/1) ... During a doubleheader against Iowa (4/7), entered the circle in relief in game one and threw 5.1 innings of scoreless, hitless relief ... Stretched that streak out to 8.0 hitless innings after starting game two, eventually earning a nine-strikeout win and also clubbing a two-run home run and scoring twice at the plate ... Drove in three runs against Minnesota (4/15) with a first-inning two-run single and a game-tying solo home run in the sixth inning ... Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs, a home run and a steal at Indiana (4/22) ... Was 2-for-4 with a double and a run in a win over Ohio State (4/29) ... Had a career day at Michigan State (5/5), going 3-for-4 with seven RBIs on two doubles and a grand slam ... In the next game at MSU (5/5), threw a complete-game victory allowing just one run ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her efforts at MSU ... Tossed a complete-game three-hitter for a series-opening win against Illinois (5/11) ... Shut out one of the nation's top offenses to begin the NCAA Austin Regional, scattering five hits and nine walks to blank No. 8 Texas, 2-0 (5/18) ... Won the NCAA Regional winner's bracket game against Houston with 5.2 innings of relief and no earned runs allowed, also clubbing a two-run home run in the contest (5/19).
High School: As a junior, named Trinity League Most Valuable Pitcher, Team MVP, first-team all-county, first-team All-CIF and ESPN Rise first-team all-state ... Batted .475 with five home runs at the plate while compiling a 15-4 record and a 0.67 ERA in the circle as a junior ... In the first-round game of the CIF playoffs as a junior, she struck out 22 batters in 11 innings of work ... Threw a three-hitter to defeat then-No. 1 ranked Valencia, snapping her opponent's 22-game winning streak ... Team won the 2010 CIF-SS Division I championship ... As a sophomore, named Team MVP, Trinity League MVP and second-team all-county, batting .530 with three home runs and a 1.13 ERA that season ... Named a scholar athlete in all of her high school seasons ... Played two years of club with the Explosion Gold along with current Wildcat Marisa Bast.
Personal: Born Amy Catherine Letourneau ... Daughter of Mike and Debbie Letourneau ... Attends the same high school as three-time Northwestern All-American Garland Cooper ... Chose Northwestern over Stanford ... Major is undeclared.
GET TO KNOW LETOURNEAU
If you could be any other NU Athlete for a day, who would you be? Courtnay Foster Favorite Athlete... Torii Hunter Favorite Food... Chips and Guacamole Favorite Song... Mary's Song by Taylor Swift Nicknames... Lamey Hobbies...Shopping, Tanning, Going to the Beach Favorite Reality Show... The Bachelor/Bachelorette Favorite actor/actress... Channing Tatum Favorite Movie... Lion King If you could spend a day with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be? Jesus Christ, My Grandma, My Mom Favorite pro sports team... Green Bay Packers Favorite TV shows... The OC, The Hills, Law and Order SVU, Modern Family When I was little, I wanted to be a... Olympic Softball Player No one can believe that I... Got hit by a car that was going 40 mph when I was a Freshman in high school Secret talent... cheerleading Pre game ritual... Listening to my playlist on my ipod An artist that no one would believe I have on my ipod... Kelly Christensen (look her up on youtube, she's amazing!) Favorite midnight snack... simply lemonade If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life it would be... my mom's gluten free chicken pot pie After I graduate I want to be... working in the business field Favorite Holiday Tradition... every Christmas Eve my whole family watches classic Christmas movies, my favorite is little drummer boy, and then we drive around our city and look at everyone's Christmas lights Something that is on your bucket list... to go sky diving A place I would love to visit... Australia Facebook or Twitter? Facebook If I could be any character from a TV show or Movie I would be... Mater from Cars and Phoebe from Friends Best thing about NU... My amazing teammates and coaches that I get to spend every day with!! Favorite NUSB memory... Adrienne Monka playing the guitar as we all sang along to "Our Song" by Taylor Swift If you were on the amazing race, what teammate would go with you? Emily Allard Funniest person on the team? Amanda Mehrsheikh Best dancer on the team? Emily Allard Biggest prankster on the team? Emily Allard If you were on minute to win it, who would be your partner? Adrienne Monka If you got into the Cash Cab, which teammates would you want to be with you? Amanda Mehrsheikh and Megan Lilley