The best pitcher in Iowa history?

The Iowa women's softball team leaves for Atlanta and the NCAA tournament. (Photo by Eastern Iowa Airport via Twitter)

The Iowa women's softball team leaves for Atlanta and the NCAA tournament. (Photo by Eastern Iowa Airport via Twitter)

Iowa pitcher Brittany Weil has put together perhaps the greatest pitching career in Iowa softball history.

She’s tied all-time in wins (99), complete games (109) and games pitched (181). She is the school’s all-time leader in strikeouts (1,032), no-hitters (five) and innings pitched (996). She holds the school record for strikeouts in a season (328) and has earned at least a share of team MVP honors four consecutive seasons.

This year, she was a first-team all-Big Ten player, leading the Big Ten in opposing batting average (.146) and ranked second in both ERA (1.29) and strikeouts (136) in conference games only.

As for her pitching philosophy, Weil said, “I think about placement before each game and where I need to beat teams. So once I’m throwing, I’m just focused on hitting my spots. For the most part, even if my ball’s not moving that day, my dropball’s not really dropping, I can hit my spot.”

Weil and her Iowa teammates (42-14) play Auburn (29-27) at 4 p.m. Friday at Atlanta. Other teams at the regional include host school Georgia Tech (42-13) and Boston University (41-16).

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