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Tusa, Gabriel honored by WIAC

UW-River Falls' pitcher Rose Tusa has been named the Pitcher of the Year, and Falcon coach Jody Gabriel has been named the Coach of the Year in the WIAC.

Tusa, a right-handed pitcher, had a 19-6 record and a 1.49 ERA during the regular season. The 19 wins is a school record for wins in a single season. She tied the school record for strike outs in a season with 217 and led the WIAC in both wins and strikeouts.

The junior finished with a record of 11-1 in the WIAC and led the league in appearances (33), games started (27) and innings pitched (179).

Tusa has been named to the 2011 and 2010 first All-WIAC teams and in 2009 she earned honorable mention. Last week she was named to the CoSIDA second All-District V Academic team.

Gabriel is in her fourth year as head coach of the Falcons. In the team's 5-4 win over UW-Whitewater on May 1, she won her 100th career game. Gabriel led the 2011 Falcons to the WIAC regular season and tournament championships. The regular season title was the first for the Falcons since 1994 and UW-RF won the WIAC tournament championship for the first time. The Falcons finished 13-3 in WIAC play. Gabriel led the Falcons to a 14-0 home record this year, the first time in Falcon softball history the team has finished undefeated at home.

Gabriel competed with the Falcons from 1994-96. The 1994 team won the WIAC title and competed in the NCAA Division III playoffs. The 1994 team also had the second highest grade point average in the nation.

She earned an undergraduate degree from UW-RF in accounting in 1996 and an M.S.E. degree (social studies) from UW-RF in 2000. She is currently teaching social studies at Hudson High School. She is married to Barry Gabriel and they have a daughter, Sydney, 6, and a son, Caden, 3. They reside in Hudson.