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Rose Tusa sets UWRF strikeout record

Rose Tusa

Senior pitcher Rose Tusa broke UW-River Falls' career strikeout record and accounted for all three UWRF victories as the Falcon softball team won three of four games at the Augustana Tournament over the weekend in Moline, Ill.

Tusa set the new school mark with her first strikeout in the first inning of the Falcons' 6-5 victory over St. Norbert on Sunday. It was her 573rd career strikeout, breaking the record held by current Falcon pitching coach Ashley Bertrand from 2005-08.

Tusa finished with six strikeouts in the win over St. Norbert before striking out eight more batters in a 4-0 shutout victory over Cornell later Sunday afternoon.

Tusa's 586 career strikeouts is currently fourth all-time in the WIAC. She needs five more to pass Mallory McKinney of UW-Eau Claire (2004-07) and move into third place on the all-time list.

Tusa struck out a total of 22 batters in 19 innings pitched over the weekend without walking a batter. On the season, she has a record of 8-3 with 90 strikeouts, eight walks and a 1.57 earned run average in 76 innings pitched.

Tusa and the Falcons will get the chance to make more history when the team hosts UW-Eau Claire in its WIAC and home opener Wednesday, April 4. The scheduled doubleheader gets underway at 3 p.m. at the Ramer Field Sports Complex. The Falcons take a record of 11-6 into the twin bill while the Blugolds come in at 11-7.