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College softball: Taylor adds to Michigan legacy

Former Valencia star sets pair of records in Regional game

Posted: May 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Valencia graduate Jordan Taylor was fighting to prolong her softball career at the University of Michigan in an Ann Arbor, Mich. Regional elimination game against Notre Dame on Saturday.

Not only did Taylor help her team extend its season, she extended her legacy as well.

The senior pitched a complete game in a 9-8 win over the Fighting Irish at the Wilpon Complex and in the process set a new program record with 107 career wins and 1,209 strikeouts.

The strikeout record wasn't on her mind entering the game, Taylor said in a release.

"No, not at all," she said. "I guess it makes it a little more interesting. But I was not happy with performance, so we'll come back tomorrow and add to that strikeout mark."

The Wolverines, the regional's top seed, scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally for the win after trailing 8-3. A loss would have knocked Michigan out of the competition after a 7-6 loss to Kentucky earlier in the day.

The Wolverines play Kentucky again at 1 p.m. today in Ann Arbor, Mich. for a chance to move on to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Taylor, who led the Vikings to the 2007 CIF-Southern Section Division I championship and subsequent national title according to USA Today and, pitched the record-breaking strikeout when she fanned Notre Dame's Brianna

Jorgensborg for the final out in the fourth inning.

The previous mark of 1,205 was held by Jennie Ritter (2003-06). Sara Griffin (1995-98) had the record for wins a career with 106.

Taylor also owns the school's career records for saves, no-hitters, complete games and winning percentage. She was honored as the team's player of the year and a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the third time in her career earlier this month, as well as the season's final National Fastpitch Coaches Association's National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

The right-hander won Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 2010.



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