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The Penn State softball team will continue its three-week stint in the Sunshine State, this time heading to the Jacksonville Tournamnet in Jacksonville, Fla.
In her second season as the pitching coach of the Nittany Lions, Sigrest helped Penn State see an increase in complete games going from 16 in 2016 to 25 in 2016, while strikeouts jumped from 180 to 194 in the 2017 campaign. Senior Marlaina Laubach started a team-best 25 games and threw 14 complete games en route to 12 wins. The right-handed hurler closed out her career as the all-time leader with 139 appearances in the circle and ranks third with 97 starts and fourth with four career saves. Laubach tallied 46 career victories to rank sixth all-time and tossed 611.1 innings to rank fifth all-time in Nittany Lion laurels, while her 49 complete games and 323 strikeouts rank seventh all-time for the Blue and White.
Sigrest worked with starting pitcher Marlaina Laubach to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors marking the first time that a Nittany Lion had earned the honor since the 2011 season. Laubach established herself as the ace for Sigrest, tying for third in Penn State season history with 41 appearances and ranking fourth with 29 starts. Laubach also ranks 15th in innings pitched, tossing 165.2 for the Nittany Lions in the 2016 campaign.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Serving as the assistant coach at Utah State for two seasons, Sigrest helped the Aggies pitching staff to 37 wins as well as coaching standout pitcher Noelle Johnson to two 16-win seasons. Under Sigrest’s tutelage, Johnson struck out 214 batters in the 2014 campaign, which set the single-season strikeout record for the Aggies. Johnson added 131 strikeouts in the 2015 campaign to rank third all-time in Utah State laurels heading into her senior season.
Prior to her time at Utah State, Sigrest served as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas Tech where she worked with both pitchers and catchers as well as scouting opponents, planning team camps and coordinating community service efforts.
Sigrest was a four-year starter in the circle for the-head coach Amanda Lehotak at Jacksonville. She was named the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year in 2011, recording a 27-7 overall record and leading the Dolphins to their first NCAA Division I Regional appearance. The right-handed hurler finished her career at Jacksonville holding six school records including: wins (68), games started (96), innings pitched (634.0), strikeouts (548), opponent batting average against (.222) and fewest walks per seven innings (1.45). Sigrest pitched 46.2 scoreless innings in the 2011 campaign, finishing the year with the eighth-best earned run average in the nation (1.10) and becoming the only Dolphin pitcher to strikeout more than 200 batters in a single season.
A native of Daphne, Alabama, Sigrest graduated from Daphne High School, where she still holds the Alabama High School Athletic Association shutout record with 33. Sigrest graduated from Jacksonville with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2012 before earning her master’s degree in sport education from Utah State in 2015.