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May 9, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore Jamee Juarez has been named the Big Ten softball Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) went 4-0 in the circle last week with a 0.00 ERA in 25.2 inning pitched and posted complete game shutouts in the Buckeyes’ two Big Ten games. In the process, Juarez won her 25th game of the season, establishing a new Ohio State single-season wins record.

Last week, Juarez notched wins against Akron (Tues., 4.0 IP, 5 K) and Pittsburgh (Wed., 7.0 IP, 2 K) in non-conference action, then pitched all 14 innings in two shutouts of Penn State Saturday and Sunday, both 3-0 Buckeye victories. She struck out 12 Nittany Lions and scattered nine hits in the two-game set. In the win vs. Penn State Sunday, Juarez also went 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and two RBI.

The two wins over Penn State last weekend completed Ohio State’s rise to fourth in the Big Ten standings as the regular-season concluded. The Buckeyes will carry the No. 4 seed into the Big Ten tournament this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., beginning with a quarterfinal game against No. 5 seed Wisconsin Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Juarez is 25-11 this season with a 1.96 ERA, 187 strikeouts, 22 complete games and 10 shutouts. Her shutouts total is one shy of the Ohio State single-season record, while her 187 strikeouts and 207.0 innings pitched are both third. Juarez owns 305 career strikeouts, which is already fourth-most in Buckeye history.

The conference pitcher of the week honor is the first for Juarez. Earlier this season, she was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Feb. 20 and March 21.

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