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Determan has success at Northwestern

By Staff | Apr 25, 2008

ORANGE CITY — Former Graettinger/Terril prep softball standout Lexy Determan appears to have success at the next level.

The Northwestern College freshman broke the school record for strikeouts in a single season during a doubleheader sweep against Briar Cliff on Wednesday. The Raiders won 5-0 and 1-0.

Determan (15-7) earned the win in game one as she allowed just one hit, a fifth-inning single to Kashe Manley. She walked two and struck out six, which tied the single season strikeout mark of 187 set in 2007 by Megan McHugh.

Determan set the record in the second game as she pitched the final 1 1/3 innings with a strikeout of Jennifer Kruckkenburg to lead off the seventh inning.

The record came one day after she was named Great Plains Athletic Conference and Regional Pitcher-of-the-Week.

Determan went 3-1 with a 0.99 earned run average in five appearances, four starts. In 28 1/3 innings pitched, she scattered 17 hits, four earned runs and struck out 51 batters while walking eight.

She also recorded three shutouts, including back-to-back shutouts in a pair of 2-0 wins against Nebraska Wesleyan.

Northwestern has won six straight games to improve to 22-14 overall and stands in fifth place in the GPAC with a 12-6 record.