2011 - Senior: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Joined the team as a walk-on during the fall, 2011 ... Totaled 14 and 1/3 innings of work in six appearances out of the bullpen on the season, owning a 3.91 ERA with eight earned runs allowed ... Pitched her first collegiate game against McNeese State, coming in as a relief pitcher. Totaled 1.1 innings pitched to close out the 11-2, five frame win ... Came in as a reliever against Providence and shut down the Friars over 4.2 innings on Feb. 20, only allowing two hits and two walks while striking out two batters ... Closed out Temple on March 4, recording two strikeouts in one inning of work against the Owls to combine with Jackie Guy to record the second-most strikeouts in a single game in Illini history (12) ... Pitched 4.2 innings in relief at Purdue on April 13, limiting the league-leading lineup to five hits and two earned runs.
High School: Thee-time DuPage Valley All-Conference ... 2007 Daily Herald All-Area ... Three-year letterwinner and team MVP at Wheaton Warrenville South ... Recorded 799 career strikeouts, including 22 in one game against Glenbard South ... Earned a career earned run average of 1.04 ... High school coach was Denise McCance.
Personal: Born April 14, 1989 ... Daughter of Michael and Tina Tarnawa ... Has one brother, Matt ... Major is civil engineering ... Chi Epsilon - Civil Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and ASCE member ... Illinois Dean's List ... Played on the Illinois Club Softball Team for the past three years, earning the Tournament MVP after winning the NCSA World Series Championship in 2008.
Getting to Know Laura: Favorite Athlete: Jonathon Toews ... Favorite Pro Teams: Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears ... Favorite Movies: A League of the Own and The Prestige ... Dream Job: Being paid to go to Cubs games ... Favorite Place on Campus: The Quad ... Who most influenced your athletic career?: "My father, he coached me from the beginning of my career and has never stopped supporting me, giving advice and pushing me to be my best."
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