Pair of Big Ten Standouts Named Finalists for National Freshman of the Year Award

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Michigan pitcher Megan Betsa and Minnesota hurler Sara Groenewegen were named top 25 finalists for the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Freshman of the Year award on Thursday.

Betsa currently ranks third in the Big Ten in earned-run-average at 1.84 and is second in opposing batting average (.182). The McDonough, Ga., native boasts a 10-3 record in 19 total appearances, and has struck out a team-high 93 batters. Betsa was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Feb. 18 and Feb. 24.

Groenewegen was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on March 31, and collected Big Ten Pitcher and Freshman of the Week accolades on April 7. The White Rock, B.C., native is limiting her opponents to a .183 batting average and has recorded 126 strikeouts on the season, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten. Groenewegen boasts an unblemished 11-0 record and has pitched 77.1 total innings with 12 starts in the circle.  

On May 8, the list will be trimmed down to the top 10 finalists, while the top three finalists will be selected and released on May 22. The inaugural NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented during a live ceremony on May 27 prior to the opening of the annual Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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