Illinois to face top-seeded No. 10 Michigan in Friday's Quarterfinal
Needham allowed just one run over 14 innings of work in the Illini's sweep of Penn State
Illinois closed the regular season with a 6-1 victory over Penn State
Perkins, Bauch, Rivera all went deep and Booker had an RBI triple
Every Illini in the lineup had at least one hit
Career Game-By-Game Stats: 2014
2014 - Freshman: Appeared in 37 games in the circle, making 31 starts and tossing 23 complete games ... Went 17-15 with a save, five shutouts ... Posted a 2.86 ERA and a .259 batting average against over 193.2 innings, allowing 196 hits, 98 runs (79 earned), 40 walks and 96 strikeouts ... Walked twice in 12 plate appearances ... Led the Big Ten and ranked 52nd in the nation by allowing 1.45 walks per seven innings ... Top 10 in the Big Ten in ERA, innings pitched, wins, saves, appearances, starts, shutouts and fewest triples, ranking 80th in the NCAA in shutouts ... Ranked fourth all-time at Illinois with 23 complete games on the year, fourth with 307 ground outs, fifth in walks per seven innings and eighth in shutouts ... Had a fantastic debut weekend for the Fighting Illini, going 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA and just one walk allowed over 17.2 innings at the Rosemont Rumble ... Hurled five solid innings against Loyola in her first career start, earning the win with just one run on five hits and a walk, striking out two ... Fired 5.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up an extra-innings victory against Eastern Illinois, allowing just four hits and no walks, striking out two ... Pitched her first complete game against Central Michigan, holding the Chippewas scoreless through the first 6.2 innings and finishing with three strikeouts, six hits and one earned run. Threw just three balls over the first four innings, showing tremendous control on the mound ... Earned her first career shutout, allowing five hits and three walks over a full seven innings to lead Illinois past Pittsburgh, 2-0 ... Hurled 6.2 quality innings against USF, a top-30 team, allowing just one earned run on five hits and a walk, but took her first loss, 2-1, due to an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh ... Tabbed a complete-game victory against Creighton, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks, while striking out six batters ... Pitched a perfect bottom of the seventh inning against UT Arlington to capture her first career save ... Hurled an eight-inning complete-game shutout against top-30 Hofstra to finish out the FAU Tournament ... Captured two complete-game victories at the Fighting Illini Classic, allowing just one run against Western Michigan and Omaha and a total of seven hits over 12.0 innings in the two wins ... Pitched a 9-inning complete game in the Iowa opener, tallying a personal-best 10 strikeouts, then won the series finale, allowing just one earned run over 8.0 innings, striking out six ... Tossed a five-hit gem to lead Illinois to a shutout victory over No. 16 Missouri ... Captured her 12th victory with a complete-game win over Illinois State, allowing just one earned run on six hits. Walked twice in the batting lineup to reach base for the first time in her career ... Allowed just one earned run on five hits in a complete-game victory over No. 4 Michigan, leading Illinois to its highest-ranked defeat in program history ... Tossed a complete-game shutout in the Penn State series opener, then allowed one run on four hits in the finale to pick up Big Ten Pitcher and Freshman of the Week honors ... Pitched her second complete-game shutout in a week to lead the Illini to victory over Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament First Round.
High School: Four-time first-team All-District ... District MVP 2011, 2012, 2013 ... District Pitcher of the Year 2011 ... Thee-time Lady Tiger team MVP 2011-13 ... First-Team NFCA All-Region 2013 ... First-Team All-CenTx 2011, 2012, 2013 ... All-CenTx Player of the Year 2011 ... Four-time Academic All-District ... TSWA 4A First-Team All-State 2011 ... State Player of the Year 2011 ... District Newcomer of the Year 2010 ... Four-year starter for Dripping Springs High School under Keith Tuck ... Went 82-12 in the circle over her final three seasons, with 664 strikeouts, including 278 as a senior with a 0.72 ERA and 17 shutouts ... Set 12 high school records, including consecutive wins (27), career wins (86), career shutouts (39), and career winning percentage (.832), while also registering a school record 47 career doubles and 171 career hits ... Led the Tigers to a 30-5-1 season in 2013, finishing undefeated (12-0) in the district and making it to the Regional Quarterfinals ... Played for the Texas Royals Gold in 2010-11 and the Texas Bombers Gold in 2012-13.
Personal: Born Brandi Kiam Needham ... Daughter of Bo and Sareena Needham ... Has two older sisters, Maegan and Haley ... Grandfather Bobby Needham played for the Milwaukee Braves organization from 1950-54.
Getting to Know Brandi:
Fun Fact: I have a knack for quoting movies
Favorite Movie: Sixteen Candles
Restaurant you have to get to when going back home: Flores
Favorite Midnight Snack: Strawberries
Famous person you admire and why? Jenny Finch; she has worked very hard to accomplish all that she has.
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? A house in the Cayman Islands
Your weirdest quirk: I hiccup everyday
Favorite professional sports team: Texas Rangers
Favorite TV Show: Suits
Crazy thing you dream of doing someday: Getting in a car without a map and going wherever the road takes me.