Southern Miss snapped an 11-game losing streak to UAB with a win in the first game of a doubleheader.
Had surgery on her elbow in September and missed all of fall practice ... Began throwing again in late December and will be back at full strength when the season begins ... Throws five pitches (rise, change-up, screw ball, curve and drop) ... Curve and drop ball are her go-to pitches ... Will be expected to be one of the team's top pitchers ... Had an outstanding debut season ... Threw seven complete games in her first seven starts, including three shutouts, winning six times ... In her 24 starts, allowed under two earned runs 14 times ... Led the pitching staff in wins (14), ERA (2.92), innings pitched (182.0), complete games (19), appearances (38) and lowest batting average (.258) ... Throws with good velocity ... Is not a power pitcher, but gets outs with solid location ... Tossed a one-hit shutout against Mississippi Valley State (2/26) ... Posted a career-high six strikeouts against Houston (4/16) and DePaul (5/12) ... Also saw action at designated player last season.
2005 (Fr.): Led the pitching staff with a 14-12 record, 2.92 ERA, 182.0 innings pitched, 19 complete games and a .258 opposing team batting average ... Also had three shutouts ... Allowed under two earned runs in 14 of her 24 starts ... Got her first career win against Tennessee-Martin (2/12), pitching five innings of relief to earn the victory ... Made her first career start against Louisiana-Monroe (2/15), earning her first win and shutout, allowing only three hits, while striking out four in seven innings of work ... Pitched seven complete games in her first seven starts, including three shutouts ... Finished with a career-best one-hit performance against Mississippi Valley State (2/26), striking out four ... Posted a career-high six strikeouts against Houston (4/16) and DePaul (5/12) ... Made her career debut against Jackson State (2/5), striking out two ... Had her first at-bat against Mississippi State (3/2) ... Posted her first hit against UAB (4/30), also scoring her first runs in that game ... Finished with a .103 batting average, with three hits, three RBI, seven walks and five runs scored.
Prep: A three-position player at Sickles HS for Tammy Overcash ... Four-year letterwinner ... Tabbed team MVP as a senior, also earning all-county and all-conference honors ... Was the winning pitcher in the Hillsborough County All-Star game ... Also participated in the FACA All-Star game ... As a junior, garnered all-conference and all-county honors and was named the team's most valuable player ... Pitched 68 innings, and finished with a 9-1 record, including 108 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.31 ... Helped Sickles win the FHSAA 6A State Championship in as freshman ... Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Kiwanis Key Club ... Graduated with a 5.29 GPA ... Earned Academic All-American Athlete honors from 2000-04.
Travel Ball: Played six years with the Tampa Mustangs.
Personal: Daughter of Randi and Dee Dee Crooks ... Majoring in biology ... Born Oct. 25, 1985.
Crooks' Career Pitching Statistics YEAR G/GS CG W L SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA 2005 (Fr.) 38/24 19 14 12 3 0 182.0 186 101 76 59 70 2.92
Crooks' 2005 Game Highs Innings Pitched: 7.2, two times (last vs. Hofstra, 3/13) Fewest Hits: 1, vs. M Valley St. (2/26) Fewest Earned Runs Allowed: 0, five times, (last vs. DePaul, 5/12) Strikeouts: 6, two times, (last vs. DePaul, 5/12) Fewest Walks: 0, three times, (last vs. Central Michigan, 3/11)
Crooks' Career Highs Innings Pitched: 7.2, two times (last vs. Hofstra, 3/13/05) Fewest Hits: 1, vs. M Valley St. (2/26/05) Fewest Earned Runs Allowed: 0, five times, (last vs. DePaul, 5/12/05) Strikeouts: 6, two times (last vs. DePaul, 5/12/05) Fewest Walks: 0, three times, (last vs. Central Michigan, 3/11/05)
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