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Sarah Gutknecht
Sarah  Gutknecht


Farmington Hills, Mich.

High School:




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Meet the Spartans - 2017 Edition

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

  • Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • NFCA Scholar-Athlete (2016)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2017)

  • Hits (179, 17th)
  • RBI (123, third)
  • Doubles (36, seventh)
  • Home Runs (29, third)
  • Extra-Base Hits (65, sixth)
  • Walks (69, seventh)

    Game-by-Game Statistics: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
    Career Statistics/Career Highs

    SENIOR (2017): Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten Selection ... Hit .269 with 11 doubles and 10 home runs, which ranked tied for eighth in a single season at MSU ... Ranked 11th in the Big Ten in home runs, and tied for first in sac flies (4) ... Had 11 multiple-hit games ... Went 1-for-3 in the opener vs. North Florida (2/10) ... Was 1-for-4 in the first of two games vs. Troy (2/11), with a double and an RBI, and then was 1-for-2 vs. NC State later that day with her second two-bagger of the season ... Had hits in four of the five games at the Madiera Beach Invitational, including a 2-for-4 performance vs. Villanova with two RBI ... Opened the Loyola-Marymount series (2/24-26) with a 2-for-4 performance with three RBI, including her 20th career home run ... Bookended the series at LMU with a 2-for-4 effort with one RBI ... Went 1-for-4 vs. UNC-Wilmington (3/4) with an RBI ... Smacked a double and a home run for a three-RBI effort and two runs scored in a win over CCSU (3/5) ... Tied the school record for the second time in her career with a two-home run outing at Georgia Tech (3/8) ... Had at least one hit in each of the four games at the KSU Owl Invitational (3/10-11), scoring twice vs. both ETSU and Tennessee Tech, including her fifth homer of the year vs. TTU ... Opened the Purdue series with a 2-for-4 performance, which included a double (3/24) ... Hit a homer in the midweek win over WMU (3/29) ... Went 4-for-8 in the three-game sweep of Maryland with a homer and four RBI (3/31-4/2) ... Had a double and a home run in the series against Penn State (4/8-9) ... Went a combined 3-for-9 in the series vs Illinois (4/14-15), posting a pair of doubles and her ninth home run of the season ... Went 1-for-3 in each game against Michigan (4/12, 4/18) ... Doubled in a convincing 13-2 win over Eastern Michigan (4/25) ... In the Rutgers series (4/28-30), was 5-for-12 with a homer, a double, four runs scored and two RBI ... Walked three times in the Big Ten Tournament game vs. Michigan (5/12) ...Delivered an RBI single in MSU's 10-run sixth-inning explosion vs. Murray State (5/17).

    JUNIOR (2016): Academic All-Big Ten and NFCA Scholar-Athlete ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Started 53 games at first base, her third season as a full-time starter ... Ranked second on the team (and tied for 12th in the Big Ten) with a .366 batting average, which falls 17th in a single-season all-time at MSU ... Posted a slugging pct. of .542 and an OBP of .446, tied for the best on the team ... Third among Spartans with 52 hits, posting 10 doubles and five home runs ... Ranked second on the team with 37 RBI, a career best ... Drew a career-high 22 walks as well ... In the field, ranked fourth in the B1G with 353 putouts, and owned a .984 fielding percentage ... Hit a team-best .467 at the FGCU Kickoff Classic (2/12-14), contributing three doubles and scoring three runs, and recording 38 putouts after moving to first base from third. Went 3-for-4 in the finale vs. Memphis (2/14) with two RBI and a double ... Extended her consecutive game hitting streak to seven games with at least one hit in every game at the Littlewood Classic. Went 2-for-3 with her first home run of the season vs. host ASU (2/19), and had two hits against Northern Iowa (2/20) ... Had a hit, a run scored, and two RBI in a 9-1 win over Memphis (2/20) ... Opened the FAU Invitational with a 3-for-4 effort against Stony Brook (2/26), smacking a double and adding an RBI ... Opened the Gamecock Invitational with a 2-for-3 effort vs. Kennesaw State (3/5) ... Went a combined 4-for-7 in the two games vs. Connecticut (3/6), smacking an RBI double in a 3-for-4 performance in game one ... Posted a 3-for-4 effort in a win over Chattanooga, with a pair of RBI ... Went 1-for-2 in the win over Columbia (3/12), walking once ... Went 1-for-2 vs. Bowling Green, smacking an RBI double and scoring a run before leaving the game with an injury ... Recorded a hit in each of the three games vs. Wisconsin (3/25-26), with three RBI and a pair of doubles ... Went 2-for-3 in a midweek game vs. Western Michigan (3/29) with an RBI and run scored ... Homered in a 2-for-4 effort with two RBI and a season-best 13 putouts against Central Michigan (3/30) ... Had a pair of hits and three RBI in the Penn State series (4/1-2) ... Had a .333 batting average in the Maryland series, with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI, walking twice ... Led the Spartans with a .571 average in the Indiana series, (4/15-17), smacking four hits, scoring four runs, and posting two RBI ... Tied the school record with a pair of home runs in the series opener vs. Rutgers (4/29) ... Hit .375 in a series win at Ohio State (5/6-8), drawing five walks and garnering three hits in eight at-bats, driving in four RBI ... Went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI in the loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament (5/12).

    SOPHOMORE (2015): Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Hit .285, ranking fourth on the team in slugging percentage (.489) and third on the team in home runs (8) ... Fourth on the team with 27 RBI, while smacking 39 hits and four doubles ... Also had nine multiple-hit games and eight multiple-RBI efforts, while tying for the team's longest hitting streak of the season (11 games) ... Went 2-for-2 in the opener vs. Akron (2/6) with a two-run single in the fifth ... Added to her offensive output with a 2-for-4 effort against Rhode Island in the nightcap (2/6) ... Had single hits against Morehead State and Stetson (2/7), and had a single hit - a double - in a tough 4-2 loss to Akron that closed the Stetson Leadoff Classic (2/8) ... Extended her hitting streak to a career-best seven games with a hit in each of the first two games at FAU (2/13), a single against No. 22 Tulsa and a 2-for-3 performance with a double and an RBI against the host Owls (2/13) ... Went 1-for-4 - a solo homer to left - in the second game against FAU (2/14) ... Went 1-for-4 in the loss to UC Riverside (2/21) ... Walked twice and went 1-for-2 in the extra-inning loss to San Diego (2/21) ... Hit her fourth home run of the year, a shot to left, in a 4-3 win over Bradley (3/7) ... Came in as a pinch hitter against Alabama A&M (3/15), delivering a single ... Had at least one hit in each of the games in the Nebraska series (3/20-22), going a combined 4-for-8 ... Extended her hitting streak to seven games with a 4-for-9 performance at the plate in the Penn State series (3/28-29), smacking her team-best fifth homer of the season ... Had a career-high six plate appearances in the first game against Rutgers (4/3), getting a season-best three hits and two RBI ... Tied her hit mark the next day against the Scarlet Knights (4/4), going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI ... Extended her hitting streak to a career-best 11 games with a 1-for-3 effort against Toledo, with a double and two RBI (4/8) ... Missed a total of eight games (the Ohio State and Minnesota series, as well as the EMU and Michigan games) with injury ... Went 3-for-4 against Western Michigan (4/22) ... Opened the Indiana series with a hit (4/24) ... Went a combined 3-for-8 in the final two games against Maryland, smacking a grand slam and adding a second homer in the finale for six RBI.

    FRESHMAN (2014):Appeared in all 49 MSU games (one of just four players to do so), starting 46 ... Led the team in batting average (.291), hits (41), RBI (25), homers (6), and doubles (11) ... Played the most positions on the field of any player on the roster, logging games in right field, third base, and first base, in addition to being the designated player ... Played the entire Big Ten season, and the most games overall, at third, with just five errors in 49 games ... Had back-to-back games without a hit just three times on the season, and all before the Big Ten season began ... Had at least one hit in 17 of 23 B1G Conference games ... Led the team in multiple-hit games (10), multiple-RBI games (6), and had a 10-game hitting streak, the second-longest on the team over the course of the season ... Made her first two collegiate appearances as a pinch hitter in the Stetson Leadoff Classic (2/7-9) ... Had her first collegiate hit against Rhode Island as a pinch hitter in the top half of the doubleheader (2/9), hitting a two-run homer to dead center in a 5-0 victory ... Earned a start in right field in the nightcap, going 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and a walk ... Started all four games at the Littlewood Classic, the first three in the outfield and the game against Oklahoma at third base ... Against the Sooners (2/16), went 2-for-4, spearheading a late-inning comeback with a solo homer and a two-run, two-out double as MSU batted around in the inning ... Had three hits in the South Carolina Invitational (2/21-23), including a 2-for-4 outing against Boston University ... Went 1-for-4 with an RBI in an extra-innings loss to Bethune-Cookman (3/1) ... Went 2-for-4 with four RBI in a 7-3 win over LIU- Brooklyn (3/2) ... Delivered an RBI double in a midweek game at Florida Atlantic (3/4) ... Went 1-for-4 against Marshall (3/7) with a single ... Drove in MSU's lone run on a third-inning RBI single against Virginia Tech (3/8) ... Went 1-for-4, smacking her third homer of the season, in a loss to UIC (3/15) ... Went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in an extra-inning win over Toledo (3/15) ... Smacked a fifth-inning grand slam at Ohio State (3/21), her team-leading fourth homer of the season ... Went 2-for-4 in the series finale against the Buckeyes (3/22) ... Went 2-for-2 with a double, home run, and three RBI in the opener against Purdue (3/28) ... Went 1-for-2 in the series finale with the Boilers, walking twice (3/30) ... Walked twice and went 1-for-2 at Notre Dame (4/2) ... Came up with hits in each of the three games against Penn State (4/4-6) ... Went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the middle game against the Nittany Lions ... Went 2-for-6 in the Michigan series (4/11-13) ... Went 2-for-2 with a HBP in a 1-0 win over Eastern Michigan (4/16) ... Hit .333 in the Iowa series (3-for-9) with one RBI, a double, and a walk ... Went 3-for-8 at the plate in the Nebraska series (4/25-27) ... Went 3-for-8 in the Northwestern series (5/2-4) despite leaving game two with an injury. Had an RBI double in the series finale ... Walked once and had a double in the Big Ten Tournament against Northwestern (5/8).

    HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Farmington High School ... 2013 Michigan Division 1 Miss Softball Position Player finalist ... Selected to the 2013 All-State team ... Received an honorable mention for the All-State team in 2011 and 2012 ... Selected to the All-Region and All-Division squads in 2011, 2012, and 2013 ... Named to the All Observer First Team in 2011, 2012, and 2013 ... Selected to the All-Observer second team in 2010 ... Voted team captain in 2012 and 2013 ... Also lettered in volleyball for three years ... Received 2011 and 2012 selections to the All-Observer, All-District, and All-City first teams for volleyball ... Selected to the All-Region team in 2012.

    CLUB: Competed for Coach Bruce Lenington on the Michigan Lookouts ... Team finish of 9th place at the ASA "A" Nationals in 2013 ... Led her team to a 17th place finish at the ASA "A" Nationals in 2012.

    PERSONAL: Born March 23, 1995 ... Daughter of Vern and Marianne Gutknecht ... Kinesiology major.

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