JUNIOR SEASON (2011)
Served as one of Tech's primary relievers all season ... pitched 25 innings, recording a 5.60 ERA during that time ... posted a 2-1 record ... appeared in 15 games with one start ... that one start came Feb. 12 against Indiana ... been mainly a reliever since ... recorded her longest outing of the year Feb. 26 with 3.1 innings against St. John's ... struck out a season-high three batters against Alcorn State on March 12 ... IN BIG 12 PLAY ... appeared in six games ... pitched 7.0 innings, giving up 12 runs, all earned ... those 12 runs have come over the course of three games ... has come in to provide shutout appearances against Oklahoma (April 2), Kansas (April 13), and Nebraska (April 30) ... the Oklahoma outing was likely her best of the season as she gave up only one hit in 2.2 innings of relief ... AT NCAA TUCSON REGIONAL ... came in to pitch one-third of an inning against Arizona in her only appearance ... surrendered a walk and no runs during that span.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010)
Appeared in 27 games in the circle, including 13 starts ... provided solid relief of Ashly Jacobs ... compiled a 2.72 ERA and an 11-3 record over 97.2 innings ... threw seven complete games ... opponents were only hitting .224 against the lefty ... also made three appearances at the plate ... was 1-for-3 (.333) with her lone RBI coming against North Carolina Central on March 12 ... fielded her position well, totaling no errors on the season ... IN BIG 12 PLAY ... was 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA ... made nine appearances with two starts ... opponents were hitting .291 over her 35.2 innings ... earned the start in Tech's second game of the season against Southern Utah ... went 5.0 innings with two hits and one earned run ... went 15-consecutive innings without an earned run in a three-game span against UMKC and Maine Feb. 19-20 ... the finale against Maine was also her first career shutout performance ... earned first career save in the tournament finale against UMKC (Feb. 21), going 3.0 innings off three hits and one run in the 7-3 victory ... recorded second save a few days later against Houston Baptist, going two innings with no runs ... turned around and started second game of doubleheader against HBU, not allowing a run again over 5.0 innings ... went a career-high 8.2 innings at Oklahoma in the second game ... allowed five runs off nine hits, but still earned the win to improve to 9-1 on the year ... helped Tech complete the sweep of Kansas with her complete game on April 25 ... allowed one unearned run in the performance ... made the start against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship second round ... gave Tech a chance, allowing two runs off seven hits over 6.0 innings ... AT NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL ... made two appearances at the regional, taking the starts against Stanford on May 22 and Hawaii in the championship game ... only threw an inning combined against the two opponents.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2009)
Played in 19 games with seven games started, including three in the circle ... added three hits to the team's offense, including a triple at New Mexico ... drove in two as well ... pitched 28 innings and suffered four losses getting her feet wet pitching at the collegiate level ... struck out 15, nine of those to Big 12 opponents ... after a solid fall season in 2009, emerged as a strong returning pitcher as the lefty was dominant in eight outings during the scrimmage games.
CAREER HIGHS Single Season Highs Appearances: 27 (2010) Games Started: 13 (2010) Innings Pitched: 97.2 (2010)
Game Highs Innings Pitched: 8.2, at Oklahoma, April 15, 2010 Runs Allowed: 5, twice, last vs. Texas, April 23, 2011 Earned Runs: 5, twice, last vs. Texas, April 23, 2011 Walks: 3, twice, last at Oklahoma, April 15, 2010 Strikeouts: 6, at Kansas, April 25, 2010 Hits Allowed: 9, at Oklahoma, April 15, 2010 Home Runs Allowed: 2, twice, last vs. Texas, April 23, 2011 Wild Pitches: 1, several times, last vs. St. John's, Feb. 26, 2011
Member of the much heralded two-time 3A state champion squad (2007 and 2008) ... was her team's MVP for four years, along with twice being named the Washington state 3A player of the year ... was a four-time all-state performer and twice was the all-state MVP, along with her four-time Seamont League MVP selections.
Born June 4, 1990, to parents are Al and Nan Merlich ... father is a finance manager and mother is a teacher ... father played baseball (shortstop) at Washington State, which mom also attended ... has an older sister, Kim ... enjoys talking on the phone, smiling and reading Harry Potter ... an avid reader, she is a history buff and possesses amazing knowledge of WWII and of holocaust history ... aspires to be a teacher, like her mom, to someday own a home in Washington and to give pitching lessons for kids ... majoring in education.