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Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Fighting Illini’s Rummell, Hoosiers’ Jenkins, Wolverines’ Storako, Golden Gophers’ Kinch and Wildcats’ Williams secure this week’s conference honors

 

Co-Player of the Week

Delaney Rummell, Illinois

So. – IF – Gilberts, Ill. – Hampshire – Major: Recreation, Sport & Tourism

• NFCA Division I National Player of the Week

• Posted a .750 batting average, 1.250 slugging percentage and .692 on-base percentage in last weekend’s series victory over Purdue, collecting in nine hits (four for extra bases, including a home run) and 10 RBI

• Had nearly half of team’s 21 RBI during the four-game series, highlighted by a career-high five RBI in April 16 series-opening win

• Recorded multiple hits in three of the four games, including 3-for-3 outings in the first and third games

• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor

• Last Illinois Player of the Week: Bella Loya (Feb. 25. 2019)

Co-Player of the Week

Gabbi Jenkins, Indiana

Grad. – OF – Floyds Knobs, Ind. – Floyd Central – Graduate Program: Educational Leadership

• Registered a .714 batting average, 1.000 slugging percentage and .750 on-base percentage in helping the Hoosiers take three of four games from visiting Ohio State last weekend

• Had 10 hits (four doubles), six RBI and five runs in the series, including three hits in each of the final three games against the Buckeyes

• Added two stolen bases and now owns school’s career record with 93 thefts

• A three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection (2018, 2019, 2020)

• Secures her first career Player of the Week accolade

• Last Indiana Player of the Week: Maddie Westmoreland (April 23, 2018)

Co-Pitcher of the Week

Alex Storako, Michigan

Jr. – RHP – Frankfort, Ill. – Lincoln Way East – Major: Sport Management

• Went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a complete-game shutout and a combined shutout in 15.0 innings last week, striking out 29 batters without a walk

• Tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout in the opener of an April 17 doubleheader sweep of Maryland, recording 11 strikeouts

• Added nine strikeouts each in four-inning performances on April 14 against Michigan State (also didn’t allow a hit in relief) and Sunday vs. Maryland (allowed two hits as part of five-inning combined shutout)

• Named to 2020 Academic All-Big Ten Team

• Collects her fourth career Pitcher of the Week plaudit and third this season

• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Alex Storako (April 13, 2021)

Co-Pitcher of the Week

Danielle Williams, Northwestern

Jr. – LHP – Pleasanton, Calif. – Amador Valley – Major: Human Development

• Went 2-0 with one save and a 0.00 ERA last week, posting 20 strikeouts and three walks in 14.2 innings during last weekend’s series victory at Iowa

• Tossed the fifth perfect game in school history on April 16, the first seven-inning perfect game in Big Ten play since April 1, 2009 (Iowa’s Brittany Weil vs. Illinois) and the first seven-inning perfect game by a Wildcat pitcher since April 28, 1984 (Lisa Ishikawa vs. Michigan State)

• Ultimately retired the first 32 Hawkeye batters she faced during the weekend

• Garners her fifth career Pitcher of the Week citation and second this season

• Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Danielle Williams (March 2, 2021)

Freshman of the Week

Sara Kinch, Minnesota

C – Temecula, Calif. – Great Oak – Major: Undeclared

• Led the Golden Gophers in nearly all offensive categories during last weekend’s series victory over visiting Nebraska

• Batted .600 with a 1.600 slugging percentage and .714 on-base percentage, hitting home runs in three different games and driving in six runs

• Had career-high three hits and scored the winning run in April 16 series-opening victory over the Huskers

• Receives her second career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Sara Kinch (March 16, 2021)

2021 Big Ten Players of the Week

March 2
PL: Tristen Edwards, Sr., NEB

P: Meghan Beaubien, Sr., MICH

P: Danielle Williams, Jr., NU

F: Ashley Miller, MSU

 

March 9
No Selections

 

March 16
PL: MaKenna Partain, Grad., MINN

P: Sydney Sickels, Jr., ILL

F: Sara Kinch, MINN

 

March 23
No Selections

 

March 30
PL: Morgan Newport, Grad., NU

P: Alex Storako, Jr., MICH

F: Billie Andrews, NEB

 

April 6
PL: Sam Hackenbracht, So., OSU

P: Sydney Sickels, Jr., ILL

F: Billie Andrews, NEB

 

April 13
PL: MaKenna Partain, Grad., MINN

P: Alex Storako, Jr., MICH

F: Jaeda McFarland, MD

F: Billie Andrews, NEB

 

April 20
PL: Delaney Rummell, So., ILL

PL: Gabbi Jenkins, Grad., IND

P: Alex Storako, Jr., MICH

P: Danielle Williams, Jr., NU

F: Sara Kinch, MINN