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Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Hawkeyes’ Loecker, Wolverines’ Storako and Buckeyes’ Hackenbracht recognized by conference this week

Player of the Week

Sam Hackenbracht, Ohio State

So. – C/UTL – Massillon, Ohio – Massillon Washington – Major: Middle Childhood Education

• Registered a .778 batting average, 1.778 slugging percentage and .867 on-base percentage with three home runs, five RBI and nine runs scored in the Buckeyes’ series win over visiting Rutgers last weekend

• Reached base in 13 of her 15 plate appearances, highlighted by six hits in her first seven at-bats and three home runs (one in each of the first three series games)

• Was intentionally walked in five of her final seven plate appearances during the weekend

• Earns her second career Player of the Week honor

• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Sam Hackenbracht (April 6, 2021)

Pitcher of the Week

Alex Storako, Michigan

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

• Went 2-0 in the circle with a 1.00 ERA, two complete games and 17 strikeouts with four walks as the Wolverines took three of four games last weekend against visiting Northwestern

• Threw a complete-game four-hit shutout in the series finale on Sunday, striking out 10 and walking one

• Also went the distance to get the victory in the opener of an April 24 doubleheader against the Wildcats, allowing three hits and two runs with seven strikeouts

• A 2020 Academic All-Big Ten Team selection

• Collects her fifth career Pitcher of the Week plaudit, fourth this season and third in as many weeks

• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Alex Storako (April 20, 2021)

Freshman of the Week

Denali Loecker, Iowa

IF – Ogden, Iowa – Ogden – Major: Business

• Batted .308 with a .615 slugging percentage and .400 on-base percentage in last weekend’s series at 24th-ranked Minnesota

• Had two hits and two RBI in Hawkeyes’ win over Golden Gophers in opener of April 24 doubleheader

• Also swatted a three-run home run in the first inning of the nightcap in that same twinbill

• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Kalena Burns (March 9, 2020)

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

April 27
PL: Sam Hackenbracht, So., OSU

P: Alex Storako, Jr., MICH

F: Denali Loecker, IOWA