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Kristina Zalewski
Kristina  Zalewski

RS Senior

Ann Arbor, Mich.

High School:






114 Spartans Recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

MSU Has Second-Most Recognized in Conference


Zalewski, Foerster Repeat as Academic All-Americans

Senior duo earn honors for second straight season


Spartans Fall to Northwestern In B1G Semifinals

NU Hurler Newport Tosses No-Hitter


Spartans Upset No. 1 Seed Michigan in B1G Quarterfinals, 7-0

Zalewski K's 10 in three-hit complete game.


Zalewski, Foerster Earn Academic All-District Honors

Senior Duo Advances to National Ballot


MSU 4, Nebraska 3

MSU defeated Nebraska 4-3 in the first round of the 2018 Big Ten Softball Tournament


Senior Reflections: Kristina Zalewski

Michigan State softball senior Kristina Zalewski


Meet the Spartans - 2017 Edition

The 2017 MSU Softball season kicks off on Friday, Feb. 10. Eighteen Spartans make up this year's team.

  • NFCA Third Team All-Region (2016)
  • CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America (2017)
  • CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District (2017, 2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • NFCA Scholar-Athlete (2015, 2016, 2017)


  • Wins (54, third)
  • Innings Pitched (695.0, third)
  • Strikeouts (643, second)
  • Saves (13, T-first)

  • Game-by-Game Statistics:
    2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

    Career Statistics/Career Highs

    CAREER CAPSULE (2014-18): Appeared in 162 career games (104 starts), posting a 3.24 career ERA and 54-53 record ... Missed most of the 2014 season with injury and was granted a medical hardship waiver ... Had seven shutouts ver her four-plus seasons ... Shares the school record with 12 saves ... Ranks second all-time at MSU with 643 career strikeouts, is third in both wins (54) and innings pitched (695.0), and sixth in complete games (49) ...

    REDSHIRT SENIOR (2018): Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-DIstrict selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Appeared in 32 games, starting 27 and compiling 15 complete-game efforts ... Posted three shutouts and one save in a staff-high 158.0 innings, which ranked 10th in the Big Ten ... Ranked among B1G leaders in ERA (2.30, 10th), Opposing batting average (.260, 15th), strikeouts (170, fifth), strikeouts looking (39, seventh), wins (15, 10th), games started (27, t-sixth), and saves (1, T-12th) ... Tossed two complete games at the FAU First Pitch Invitational (2/9-11), allowing just one earned run combined over 13 innings ... Threw a complete 8.2 innings in a walkoff loss to Georgetown at the Gamecock Invitational (2/16-18), striking out a career-best 13 and allowing three earned runs ... Made three appearances at the FIU Classic (2/23-25), earning two complete-game wins and earning a third victory in relief vs. CCSU ... Threw just 5.1 innings at Cal State Fullerton (3/3-6) scattering five hits and striking out three in taking a hard-luck loss ... Started two of the three games at the Louisville Slugger Invitational (3/8-10), tossing 9.2 innings and striking out 12 and walked just two ... Threw her sixth complete game of the season vs. Marist (3/17), scattering six hits in seven innings and striking out 11 ... Threw a complete-game, five-inning win at Nebraska, striking out nine in the series finale (3/23-25) ... Struck out double-digit batters (11) for the second straight contest in a complete-game victory over Western Michigan (3/28) ... Tossed a complete game in the series opener against Indiana (3/30), striking out nine and allowing three runs in a tough loss to the Hoosiers ... Threw a combined five innings in the two games of the Minnesota doubleheader (4/8), earning the game one win in relief ... Threw a complete-game six-hitter at Michigan (4/11), taking a tough 1-0 loss ... Pitched both ends of a doubleheader at Penn State (4/14), picking up two complete games, allowing three earned runs, striking out a combined 19 and walking two while scattering eight hits over the 14 innings ... Tossed a complete game victory with nine strikeouts over Central Michigan (4/25) ... Posted two wins and a 1.05 ERA in the Rutgers series (4/27-29), striking out 13 and allowing just two earned runs while posting her sixth career shutout ... Went 2-0 with a save in the Maryland series, scattering 17 hits in 12 inning and striking out nine. Her 12th career save tied the school record ... Threw a staff-best 11.1 innings in the Big Ten Tournament, including a three-hitter in an upset of No. 1 seed Michigan (5/11) ...

    REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2017): Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-America selection ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten pick, maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA through eight semesters ... Limited to 31 appearances due to rehab from off-season surgery ... Posted a team-best 3.45 ERA, while posting an 8-9 overall record ... Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in strikeouts (116), eighth in strikeouts looking (31), and eighth in starts (25), while adding three saves, which was fifth in the Conference ... With 473 career strikeouts, now second all-time at MSU and ranks 45th among active pitchers in Division I softball, one of 14 juniors on that list ... Ranks second all-time at MSU in career strikeouts (473) less than 200 behind leader Jessica Beech (659) ... Tied for second all-time in the Spartan annals in saves (11), is sixth in innings pitched (537.0), and falls eighth in career victories (38) ... Made her season debut in the first game at Loyola Marymount (2/24), tossing two innings and striking out three to earn a save ... Earned her second save of the year and 10th of her career in the series finale at LMU (2/26), striking out three and allowing just one earned run. Her 10th career save moved her into a third-place tie with Jessica Beech (2001-04) and she also moved into fifth place all-time in career strikeouts ... Got the start vs. Central Connecticut (3/5), lasting just 2.1 innings and surrendering four hits and four walks, but still striking out four (3/5) ... Started the game vs. Georgia State (3/9) and earned the win with four innings of two-hit ball, striking out one ... Scattered 10 hits and struck out seven in six innings vs. Kennesaw State (3/11) ... Threw two complete games and had a two-inning no-hit relief stint in the Purdue series (3/24-25), losing both complete games on walkoffs, and one in extra innings ... Earned her first Big Ten victory over the year in an 11-3 win over Maryland where she went five innings and scattered seven hits, allowing just two earned runs .... Pitched the first two innings of a staff outing vs. Maryland (4/2), surrendering just three hits in two innings ... Threw seven innings vs. Penn State (4/8-9) in the three-game series, starting two ... Tossed two shutout innings against Michigan (4/12), striking out three and allowing one hit ... Started two games of the Illinois series (4/14-15) ... Earned her 400th career strikeout in the first inning of her start at Michigan (4/18) ... Went 5.2 innings in the opener vs. Ohio State (4/21), surrendering two earned runs and striking out seven in a 3-2 victory ... Also started game three of the OSU series (4/23), going three innings and allowing just one hit, striking out five ... Tossed six innings and tied her season best with nine strikeouts at Central Michigan (4/26), scattering seven hits and allowing two earned runs ... Picked up two wins in the Rutgers series (4/28-30): an eight-inning victory in game one (4-2) with four strikeouts and a five-inning, six-strikeout affair in the finale ... Earned a win in a complete-game, 10-strikeout effort at Indiana, then tossed two innings of shutout ball to start game three of the series (5/7-8) ... Earned all three starts in the Big Ten Tournament (5/11-12), striking out eight in nine innings ... Went 6.2 innings in a tough nine-inning loss to Murray State in the first round of the NISC, allowing just two earned runs and striking out four ... Earned her third save of the season vs. IUPUI after two no-hit relief innings (5/17) ... Earned the win vs. Murray State (5/17), going 2.2 relief innings and scattering five hits ...

    REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2016): NFCA Third Team All-Region ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA through six collegiate semesters ... Academic All-Big Ten and NFCA Scholar-Athlete ... Led her team as well as the Big Ten in appearances (44) with a team-high 205.1 innings pitched, which was fourth in the Big Ten ... Her 44 appearances is the third-most for an MSU pitcher in a single season in school history ... Fourth in the Big Ten and 30th nationally in strikeouts (209, fourth), which is also the fourth-highest single-season total in school history ... Also among B1G leaders in ERA (3.41, 15th), starts (29, 6th), strikeouts looking (53, fourth), wins (15, T-9th), and saves (4, T-3rd), which is third-most at MSU in a single season and 33rd nationally in 2016 ... Of her 44 appearances, 22 were at least 5.0 innings and 28 were 4.0+ ... Twirled 17 complete games (career-best), including each of her final five outings ... Appeared in four of five games of the FGCU Kickoff Classic, posting a 1-1 record with a two saves ... Tossed a complete game in her first outing, a 2-1 win over the host Eagles (2/12), scattering five hits and striking out eight ... Earned a save vs. UIC (2/13), striking out three in 2.2 innings ... Took the loss vs. Kent State, starting and going 3.1 innings (6 H) ... Finished strong with a save vs. Memphis (2/14), entering in the fifth inning and striking out six of the first seven batters she faced and allowing just one run ... Threw 18 innings over five games at the Littlewood Classic in Arizona, including 6.1 innings on the first day vs. Northern Iowa (2/19) and a complete-game (five-inning) win over Memphis (2/20) ... Entered in relief vs. Illinois State, and tossed 4.2 innings, scattering four hits and striking out six to earn the win ... Tossed a complete game against FAU at the Owls' Invitational, (2/26), scattering five hits and striking out eight in a tough 3-0 loss ... Threw four innings vs. Boston University (2/27) allowing five hits and striking out three ... Entered in relief in the FAU finale vs. Columbia, (2/28), allowing two hits and striking out four in 2.2 innings to earn her third save of the season ... Tossed two complete games and 17.1 innings overall at the Gamecock Invitational (3/5-6), posting a 1.21 ERA with 12 hits and 20 strikeouts ... Tossed a strong six-hitter vs. Kennesaw State, striking out seven and giving up just two runs in a 2-0 loss (3/5) ... Took the loss against South Carolina (3/5) after 1.1 innings pitched, walking two and striking out two ... Got the complete-game win in the first game against UConn (3/6), scattering three hits, striking out a season-high nine, and walking just two in a 9-0 win, then allowing one run on one hit with two strikeouts in relief in game two ... Went 2-1 at the College of Charleston, with a pair of complete games and a 5.2 inning outing vs. Charleston Southern, where she picked up the win by striking out seven and scattering five hits ... Took the loss vs. No. 10 Georgia despite striking out a season-best nine, walking seven and allowing three doubles ... Finished the weekend strong with a complete-game 4-1 win over the host Cougars, striking out three and walking one ... Tossed 14.2 innings at the Hoosier Classic, striking out 19 ... Started all three games of the Wisconsin series (3/25-26), getting a complete-game win in the middle contest and tossing a combined 12.1 innings, striking out 15 ... Threw a team-high eight innings in the Penn State series (4/1-2) striking out six and walking just two ... Tossed four innings of one-hit ball against Michigan (4/13) before surrendering three hits in the fifth ... Logged 13 innings in the Indiana series (4/15-17), striking out 10 and surrendering just five earned runs in picking up a win, a save (her fourth of the year), and a hard-luck loss in a 2-1 game ... Struck out 16 in three appearances in the Northwestern series ... Had five strikeouts in four innings of work in a walkoff win over Eastern Michigan, earning her 11th win of the year ... Picked up a pair of complete-game victories, the 13th and 14th of the season, in the Rutgers series (4/29-5/1), collecting 11 strikeouts and allowing just three earned runs ... Collected two more complete-game victories in the Ohio State series (5/6-8), striking out 10 as she became the fourth pitcher at MSU to surpass 200K in a season ... Tossed a complete game against Illinois (5/12) in the Big Ten Tournament, scattering six hits and allowing just one earned run, striking out five ...

    REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2015): Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Returned to the pitching staff after taking a medical redshirt in 2014 ... Was the workhorse of the staff, tossing 172.2 innings and posting a 3.65 ERA, good for tenth in the Big Ten in both categories ... Was sixth in the B1G in appearances (43), Second in games finished (18), 15th in games started (20), and third in games entered in relief (23) ... Also ranked 11th in wins (14), and third in saves (4), while posting the eighth-most strikeouts (141) ... Her four saves are the third-most at MSU in a single season, while her 43 appearances ranks fifth and 141 strikeouts are ninth ... Saw her first action of the season against Rhode Island, allowing one hit in three innings, striking out three and earning the save in a 7-1 win ... Tossed four innings of one-hit ball in her first start of the season against Morehead State, striking out seven and earning her first win of 2015 (2/7) ... Earned a win in relief against Stetson (2/7), tossing 2.1 innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out three ... Threw two innings in a staff effort against Akron (2/8) ... Came on in relief against No. 22 Tulsa (2/13), throwing two innings, allowing one hit and striking out two in her second save of the season ... Went six innings against Florida Atlantic (2/13), allowing four hits and striking out a career-best nine in a tough loss ... Came back to throw six innings in relief against Providence (2/14), allowing four hits and striking out seven in six innings in a 7-3 victory ... Worked her way out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning against Drexel, going the distance to earn a 1-0 win (2/15) ... Pitched a complete game in a run-rule win over Utah State (2/20), allowing just three hits and striking out three in a 9-1 victory ... Threw one inning in a tough 9-2 loss to UC Riverside, allowing three runs on four hits ... Took a tough loss in a complete-game extra inning outing against San Diego (2/21), scattering six hits and striking out six ... Tossed a complete-game victory at FIU (2/28), allowing nine hits and striking out six ... Threw 7.1 innings in the extra-inning win over Ole Miss, striking out a career-best 10 while walking two ... Earned her third save of the year in a 4-3 win over Bradley (3/7), striking out two ... Came back the next day and was the winner in MSU's extra-inning victory over the Braves (3/8), scattering six hits and five strikeouts over 6.2 innings ... Earned her ninth win of the year with a 7-3 victory over Youngstown State (3/13), tossing 6.1 innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven ... Was the hard-luck loser in a 1-0 loss to Mercer (3/13), scattering six hits and striking out five in a complete game effort ... Went five innings in a 8-4 win over Alabama A&M (3/14), allowing three hits and striking out five, allowing just one earned run ... Posted another complete-game victory over Alabama A&M (3/15), striking out five to pick up her 11th win of the season ... Threw a combined 11 innings against Nebraska in two games (3/20, 3/22) ... In the finale against the Huskers, scattered eight hits in a complete-game effort ... Appeared in all three games of the Penn State series, delivering one complete games and one relief appearance ... Tossed a complete game vs. Ohio State (4/11), striking out three ... Came in for 3.2 innings of relief work vs. Minnesota (4/18), allowing three runs and striking out four ... Tossed 4.1 relief innings against Western Michigan, scattering five hits in a one-run loss (4/21) ... Earned the win in a complete game at Indiana, scattering eight hits and striking out two (4/24) ... Saw action in each of the three games against Maryland, going three innings in relief to pick up the win in game one, taking a tough loss in game two in which she allowed just two runs in six innings, and earning a save - her fourth of the season - in the finale (5/1-3).

    FRESHMAN (2014): Had a 3.78 ERA and a 2-3 record over 33.1 innings, as her season was shortened by injury ... Made her first career appearance in relief against Rhode Island (2/9), allowing just one hit ... Threw in three of MSU's four games at the Littlewood Classic ... Took the loss in a heartbreaking walk-off against Oklahoma (2/16) ... Entered in relief against Boston University (2/22), taking the hard-luck loss ... Threw four innings against Hofstra (3/2), allowing five runs on six hits to the Pride ... Got her first career start in a game at Florida International (3/6) that was called in the bottom of the first inning due to rain ... Got her second chance at her first career start against Florida Atlantic (3/7), pitching a complete eight innings in a tough 4-2 extra-inning loss. She scattered four hits and walked two ... Earned her first career win in a four-inning stint against Hofstra (3/8), going four innings, striking out two in a 1-0 victory ... Had a short outing against Virginia Tech (3/8) allowing four hits and five runs without recording an out in one big inning for the Hokies that helped them to a 9-1 win ... Came in to pitch three innings in an extra-inning victory over Toledo (3/15), allowing one hit and one earned run to improve to 2-2 on the season ... Started the second game of the Ohio State series (3/22), allowing five earned runs, walking four, and getting the lone strikeout of a Buckeye in the three-game series ... Suffered a season-ending injury in the week leading up to the Purdue series (3/28-30), the second week of the Big Ten season.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Saline High School under Coach Alicia Seegert. . . 2013 All-State selection ... Three-time All-Region honoree . . . All-Conference and All-District selection all four high school seasons . . . Helped lead her team to the SEC league championship and a No. 8 ranking in the state in 2012 ... Honorable mention all-state selection as a junior in 2012 . . . Helped lead Saline to a share of the SEC title in 2012 . . . Named to the Washtenaw County Class A Dream Team as a freshman, sophomore, and senior ... Team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2010 ... Also lettered in swimming in 2009 and 2010, when Saline won the State Championship . . . Named to the honor roll all four years . . . Named to the Academic All-State team in 2010.

    CLUB: Competed for the Finesse Club team under Coach Donny Dreher.

    PERSONAL: Born May 8, 1995 ... Daughter of Ken Zalewski and Pam Dorrance... Earned two bachelor's degrees: a degree in Nutritional Science and minor in Bioethics (2017) and a second bachelor's in psychology ... Sister, Kassia, attends medical school at the University of Michigan.


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