Cougars break open scoreless pitcher's duel with five-run fifth
2014: Had one start in right field and 39 other appearances: 34 times as a pinch runner, three times as a defensive replacement and twice as a pinch hitter ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Was 3-for-3 in pinch running opportunities at the Kajikawa Classic, scoring in each of NU's first three games of the year ... Collected her first-career base hit in a pinch hit appearance against Penn State (2/16) ... Scored three times in four pinch hit appearances at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (2/21-2/23) ... Was 1-for-2 in pinch running attempts at the USF Under Armour Classic, crossing home against Western Michigan (3/8) ... Stole a base as a pinch runner against Wisconsin (3/21) ... In a start against UIC, finished 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored ... Swiped second as a pinch runner at Iowa (4/5) ... Scored from first on an extra-base hit as a pinch runner at No. 14 Minnesota (4/11) ... Found the plate for an NCAA Tournament score as a pinch runner against BYU (5/15).
2013: Appeared in 40 games with one start in center field, 38 pinch running appearances and one pinch hit assignment ... Scored her first-career run as a pinch runner in a win over No. 4 Tennessee (2/22) ... Crossed the plate in a pair of Big Ten games during Northwestern's series sweep against Illinois (4/5-4/7) ... Scored again in the B1G against Iowa (4/13) and in a nonconference win over Northern Illinois (4/16) ... Crossed the plate twice as a pinch runner in a series sweep of Penn State in the opener (4/19) and the finale (4/21) ... Scored during a five-run sixth-inning rally against Purdue in an eventual 6-2 win (4/28) ... Also found the plate in a 4-2 win against regional rival DePaul (4/30).
High School: As a junior, led the state of Iowa with 92 hits in 151 at-bats (.609 average) and 87 runs scored ... Also recorded 15 doubles, 13 triples, 12 home runs, 54 RBIs, 25 walks and 52 steals in 52 attempts ... During sophomore season, led the state of Iowa in hits (80), runs (80) and triples (18), batting .548 with a .618 on-base percentage and a 1.021 slugging percentage ... 2011 Class 3A Iowa Girls Coaches Association Co-Player of the Year ... 2010 and 2011 Class 3A All-State first team ... Four-time first-team All-WaMac Conference ... Three-time all-district first team ... 2011 Iowa City Press Hitter of the Year ... 2010 Class 3A Iowa state all-tournament team ... Team MVP in 2009 and team offensive player and newcomer award winner in 2008 ... Once stole eight bases in a single game in July of 2009 at Cedar Falls ... Team won the 2011 Class 3A Iowa state title with a 42-2 record after finishing fourth in the state with a 39-7 mark in 2010 ... High school coach is Jim White, a member of the IGSA Hall of Fame ... Played club with the Eastern Iowa Barracudas from 2007-10 before competing with the Southeast Iowa All-Stars in 2011 ... Also earned multiple varsity letters in soccer and basketball at Clear Creek Amana ... Four-year honor roll member ... Two-time NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete.
Personal: Born Francis O'Brien Strub ... Daughter of Carl (Trip) and Ellen Strub III ... Actor Ashton Kutcher graduated from Clear Creek Amana ... Chose Northwestern over Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, Drake and Northern Iowa ... Major is human development and psychological services.
Q: What advice will you give to kids wanting to play your sport in college? Play because you love the game, work on becoming the best player and teammate you can and the rest will take care of itself
Q: Favorite class at Northwestern and why: Most HDPS (Human Development and Psychological Services) classes because I find them so interesting and practical
Q: What's your dream job? Stay at home kid
Q: What is/are your favorite song/s or best concert ever attended? When I saw Carrie Underwood in Des Moines
Q: What is/are your favorite place/s to visit? Colorado, Iowa, Mexico
Q: What is/are your favorite food? Sandwiches
Q: What is/are your favorite sports team/s growing up? Denver Broncos, Boston Red Sox
Q: Who is/are your favorite athlete/s growing up? Reggie Miller, Ken Griffey Jr., Caitlin Lowe