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Karissa Hovinga
Player Profile:
Karissa Hovinga 758661
Position: Right Hand Pitcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Ralston, Neb.
High School: Papillion HS
Club: Frozen Ropes Fury
Experience: 3 Letters

Named to the Canadian National Team once again for the summer of 2015...In the ISF World Championships in July 2011, she made three appearances for the Canadian National Team, including two starts vs. Great Britain (5 IP, 3 SO, 2 BB, 4 H, 1 R) and Mexico (8-0 win, 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 S)...her other appearance was in relief vs. eventual world champion Japan (6-2 loss, 1 IP, 1 SO, 1 BB, 2 H, 1 ER) in opening pool play...Also competed with the Canadian National Team when she was still in high school...She also helped Canadian junior national teams finish sixth in the 2009 ISF Youth U16 World Cup in Prague (1-2, 1.21 ERA, 34 SO, 29 IP) and claim silver in the 2010 Junior World Championships in Bogota, Columbia (2-1, 1.21 ERA, 33 SO, 6 BB, 29 IP).

AS A JUNIOR (2014)
NCAA All-Regional Team...Went 17-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 132 innings pitched as Oregon's No. 2 starting pitcher...Tallied 94 strikeouts while walking 34 as opponents hit .242 off her...Made 34 appearances with 25 starts...Posted three shutouts in eight complete games...Recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings and allowed no runs on just three hits in the Ducks' May 18 regional win over Wisconsin...Hurled a one-hitter against Utah Valley on April 29...Started against Alabama in the Women's College World Series and did not allow a run in 3.1 innings with two strikeouts.

Posted a 4-0 record in 25 appearances, including seven starts...tossed one complete game...tallied a 1.62 ERA in 56.0 innings with 47 strikeouts and 13 walks...made her first start of the season against Stephen F. Austin (2/8) and picked up the win after allowing one run on five hits in four innings with four strikeouts and a walk...also earned wins against Utah Valley (2/15), Long Island (3/1) and No. 16 ranked UCLA (4/26)...triumphed over the Bruins after tossing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief with two strikeouts and two hits allowed...posted a season-high five strikeouts against Long Island (3/1)...only allowed two home runs all season, but both came in the same game, against Seattle U (5/1)...allowed an earned run in just one of her last 12 appearances (one start, 11 in relief) of the season, including two shutout innings against Nebraska in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Key addition for the Ducks in the circle, especially when one of the team's expected key senior pitchers (Samantha Skillingstad) unexpectedly missed the season due to a back injury...ultimately shared the pitching workload with All-American Jessica Moore, and appeared in every tournament or series except one (the NCAA Regional). Tied for the team lead in saves (2), and ranked second on squad in ERA (3.09), wins (12), appearances (30), starts (16), complete games (10), innings (120), strikeouts (71), and opponent batting average (.249). In the postseason, pitched three scoreless innings among her two appearances in Oklahoma City and Austin (.111, 3 SO, 1 H, 0 BB). Logged her first collegiate shutout vs. San Jose State the opening week of the campaign (5 IP, 3 SO, 3 BB, 4 H). Added another shutout the following tournament vs. Butler (7 IP, 5 SO, 3 BB, 4 H). Her next shutout in April also marked her first Pac-12 win at Utah (7 IP, 6 SO, 4 BB, 5 H). He final shutout came in May vs. Seattle - a one-hitter (1 SO, 2 BB) - after she pitched a complete game immediately before vs. the Redhawks and led UO to a doubleheader sweep. Also got both wins in April doubleheader vs. the NCAA advancer Portland State and her combined stats follow (12 IP, 6 SO, 3 BB, 9H). Another key win came vs. NCAA advancer Illinois State (5-2, 7 IP, 5 SO, 0 BB, 6 H) in Orlando in early March. Capped collegiate slate with two innings vs. No. 1 seed California on Day 3 of the World Series (2 SO, 0 H, 0 BB). Defensively for the season, logged a .967 fielding mark (6 putouts, 23 assists, 1 error).

An All-Class All-State First-Team choice the last three seasons, she helped her team to the state title in the fall of 2010 (25-4) and also as a freshman, to go along with four district titles and two conference crowns (2008, ’09)...a three-time All-Metro Conference First-Team pick (2008-10), she struck out 285 batters as a senior including 14 in the state finale - and logged a 0.38 season the field was an honor roll member all four years in high school.

Played for Frozen Ropes Fury club 2011, finished seventh in the U18 national tournament in 2010, her club won the USSA national championship, and staked a top-16 finish in the ASA Nationals in 2009 and runner-up placing in the 2007 AFA Nationals.

Parents are Curtis and Sherry Hovinga (pronounced Ho-VING-eh)...Has one older sister, Kylie, who played softball at Creighton...Major is business.

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