One year after helping the Gunn softball team to a winning record and successful season, Claire Klausner is doing the same for her Princeton teammates, only in a different role.
Klausner is primarily a relief pitcher for the Tigers, who are off to a 6-4 record in Ivy League play (14-19 overall) after sweeping Columbia last weekend, 3-2 and 6-2.
A day after Princeton saw a two-run seventh-inning lead turn into a walk-off loss on Saturday, Klausner stepped into the circle in the sixth with two out, two on and a run already in with Princeton leading only 3-2 against Columbia on Sunday. Klausner got the inning-ending pop-up and retired the Lions in order in the seventh.
Klausner's appearance in the bottom of the sixth helped seal Sunday's first game. Klausner retired all four Lions she faced over the sixth and seventh to get her first career save.
This season, Klausner is 1-3 with a 4.24 ERA. She has appeared in 11 games and started three. She has struck out 17, allowed 19 earned runs and allowed just one homer. At the plate, Klausner is hitting .125 but has a home run among her eight at-bats.
While Klausner is just beginning her collegiate career, former Castilleja standout Sammy Albanese is wrapping hers up. Albanese is a senior on Northwestern's softball team, which is 23-11 and 6-6 in the Big Ten.
Albanese is 5-5 this season with a 5.13 ERA. She has appeared in 14 games while starting seven. She has tossed three complete games while pitching 43.2 innings, second most on the team. Albanese has 32 strikeouts and 21 walks.
Palo Alto senior catcher Austin Kron will sign a national letter of intent to play for Cal Poly-SLO next season. Cal Poly, which plays in the Big West Conference, is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation by Baseball America.
Gunn High grad Rachael Acker of Cal and Sacred Heart Prep grad Tom Kremer of Stanford both were named to their respective Pac-12 Conference All-Academic teams on Wednesday.
Acker, a sophomore, compiled a 3.93 grade-point average. Kremer, a junior with a 3.64 GPA, was one of 20 Cardinal men to be named to the team. Both swimmers earned first-team honors.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.