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Friesen to Compete for Canada Women's Elite Team at Canada Cup of Softball

July 7, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Kenzie Friesen will compete for the Softball Canada Women's Elite Team at the Canada Cup.

Kenzie Friesen will compete for the Softball Canada Women's Elite Team at the Canada Cup.

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Softball Canada Women's Elite Team

Recent Liberty graduate Kenzie Friesen will represent Canada next week, competing for the Softball Canada Women's Elite Team in the Canada Cup International Softball Championship.

The Canada Cup will be held in Surrey, B.C., from July 8-17, with training and exhibition games taking place Saturday through Monday. The main tournament begins on July 12, as Friesen's Canada Elite Team begins Pool D play against Team Puerto Rico at 6 p.m. ET.

The event features 15 total women's teams, including three Team Canada entries (Women's National Team, Women's Elite Team and Women's Junior Team) along with national squads from Australia, Mexico, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Chinese Taipei and Venezuela.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Friesen made the 16-member roster after a selection camp that took place in Mississauga, Ontario, from June 22-27. A total of 36 players tried out, with 15 named to the Women's National Team and 16 selected to the Elite Team.

Friesen made the most of her final season at Liberty. She posted a 15-3 record with a 2.16 ERA, four shutouts and a Big South-leading .224 opponents' batting average. Her .833 winning percentage led all Big South pitchers, while her ERA was second. Friesen, a Big South All-Conference and VaSID All-State second team pitcher, was named 2017 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. She was named to the NISC All-Tournament Team, going 4-0 with a 1.14 ERA at the event.

The Saskatoon native finished her career with a 24-16 overall record, sporting a 3.29 ERA with 14 complete games, six shutouts, 129 strikeouts and a .248 opponents' batting average in 257.2 innings pitched. She also holds the distinction of being the first Liberty pitcher to toss a shutout at Liberty Softball Stadium.