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#4 Lisa Birocci

Height -
Class Sr.
Hometown Des Moines, Iowa
High School Lincoln

2005 as a Senior– Named first team all-regional…second team all-Big Ten selection…started 45 games, including 35 inside the circle…led the team with 1.21 ERA and 288 strikeouts…compiled a 29-9 record in 265.1 innings pitched…became Iowa’s all-time career strikeout leader with 94 strikeouts…led the Big Ten in saves and batters struck out looking…threw second career no-hitter and struck out a career-high 17 batters against Georgia Southern (March 4)…struck out 17 batters against Creighton in NCAA Tournament (May21)…threw a complete game shutout while striking out 12 and hit the game-winning home run vs. Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament…named to Big Ten All-Tournament Team…named Big Ten Pitched of the Week twice (March 8 and March 29).

2004 as a Junior– Named first team all-regional…second team all-Big Ten selection…started 31 games with a 22-14 record…shattered the single-season strikeout record she set last year against Wisconsin (May 2)…ended the season with 313 strikeouts…struck out double digits in 11 games, including a career-high 16 against Boston (March 4)…pitched three one-hitters…threw three-hit shutout and recorded 10 strikeouts against Maine at NCAA Regionals…11-3 record with a 0.87 ERA and 113 strikeouts in Big Ten play…Academic all-Big Ten selection.

2003 as a Sophomore– Named third team NFCA All-American…2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and first team all-Big Ten…first team NFCA all-Mideast Region…broke Iowa’s single-season strikeout record with 267…named to the NCAA Region V all-tournament team…Big Ten Tournament MVP…led the Big Ten with a 0.75 ERA in conference play…started 31 games, with 15 shutouts…recorded her first-career no-hitter against Indiana (Apr. 20)…threw eight one-hitters…averaged 7.8 strikeouts per game…named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice this season (Feb. 25 and Apr. 21)…hit .367 in Big Ten Conference play with a team-leading .733 slugging percentage.

2002 as a Freshman– Started 14 games in the circle for the Hawkeyes, earning a 10-5 record…led all Iowa pitchers with a 1.63 ERA and held hitters to a team-low .194 average…had a perfect 4.0 record in the Big Ten…took a perfect game into the seventh inning in her home debut, finishing with a one-hitter against Illinois State (March 27)…also went 2-for-3 and hit her first career home run against Illinois State.

High School– 2001 Iowa Softball and Gatorade Player of the Year…four-time first team all-state selection (1998-2001)…led her Des Moines Lincoln team to state championships in 1999 and 2001…five-time all-conference selection (second team 1997, first team 1998-2001)…five-year letterwinner in softball and basketball…and four-time all-conference selection in basketball (second team 98-99, first team 2000-2001)…National Honor Society member.

Personal– Bats/Throws-Rights/Rights…Major-Secondary English Education…Parents- Paul and Linda Birocci…Born-September 28, 1982…High School- Lincoln…High School coach- Roger Roland.

Birocci’s Pitching Stats

Year GS CG IP H R ER SO BB WP W-L ERA
2002 14 7 98.2 69 39 23 78 23 7 10-5 1.63
2003 31 28 238.1 113 62 43 267 101 20 29-9 1.26
2004 31 20 241.2 128 50 33 313 67 14 22-14 0.96
2005 35 28 265.1 178 60 46 288 52 10 29-9 1.21
Career 111 81 842.6 488 211 145 946 243 51 90-37 1.20

Birocci’s Batting/Fielding Stats

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR SO BB SB RBI AVG PO A E F%
2002 26 47 6 10 1 0 2 13 3 1 10 .213 3 17 1 .952
2003 48 88 7 20 7 1 3 31 13 0 15 .227 12 34 1 .979
2004 53 120 14 31 5 1 5 34 15 0 10 .258 32 36 4 .944
2005 45 104 19 20 2 2 7 30 10 1 17 .192 9 69 3 .963
Career 172 359 46 81 15 4 17 108 41 2 52 .226 56 156 9 .960