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Missy Penna

Civil Engineering


A Civil engineering major with a concentration in structures and construction, Missy maintains a 3.49 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  She is a 2008 ESPN Academic All-District First Team member and a two-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete.  Named to the 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic First Team (one of only three players in the conference to earn a spot on the all-academic first team and the all-conference first team) and 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team, Missy will graduate this June with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. She is currently taking graduate level classes in construction engineering and management and spent summer working as a field surveying intern for R.L. Vaught and Associates in Florida where she worked with a team of surveyors to gather, map, analyze and interpret collected field data.


A resident assistant in Kimball Residence Hall, Missy works with a team of six resident assistants and eight other staff in a 200-student dorm to create, plan, and organize academic, cultural, and social activities for student residents, enhance community spirit and guide residents in assuming responsibility for their personal and communal lives.  She has also instructed and mentored young girls as both a pitching coach and camp leader.


Missy serves as the Financial Officer for Stanford Students for Life and as a kitchen volunteer at Glide Memorial Church, a nonprofit shelter in San Francisco, where volunteers prepare and serve breakfast.  She also volunteers as a church Sunday School teacher at Wayside Baptist Church.


A 2008 NFCA All-American pitcher and a two-time All-Pacific Region selection, Missy is a three-time All-Pac-10 pick, including a first-team selection in 2008.  She is the nation’s active strikeout leader, entering her senior season with more than 900 career K’s.  She also enters her senior season as the third winningest pitcher in the country. On Mar. 1, Missy became the first active pitcher in the nation to record 1,000 career strikeouts. She is the 11th player in Pac-10 history, and the second at Stanford, to reach the milestone. Missy made 49 starts in 2008, threw 40 complete games and pitched a conference-high 335 innings.  She is second in the Pac-10 and sixth nationally in wins in 2008, posting a school record with 37 on the year.  She also posted a 37-13 record with 15 shutouts, the eighth pitcher in Pac-10 history, and the first at Stanford, to notch 400 K’s in a single season (416 in 2008).  The second pitcher in school history to throw back-to-back seasons with 300 or more K’s, Missy is ranked among the top 20 nationally in 2008 in ERA and opponent hits per game.  She has thrown five no-hitters, earned the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award five times and USA Softball’s National Player of the Week award once.  She was also named one of ESPN’s 2009 Preseason All-Americans and to USA Softball’s Top-50 Player of the Year Watch List.  In addition, Missy spent five years with the Dominican National Team, winning silver and bronze medals at the Central American Games, a bronze medal at the Pan-American Games and being named the 2003 Dominican Female Athlete of the Year.