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Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Wolverines’ Beaubien, Golden Gophers’ Kinch and Wildcats’ Newport are final weekly conference honorees for 2021 season

Player of the Week

Morgan Newport, Northwestern

Grad. – P/OF – DeKalb, Ill. – DeKalb – Master’s Program: Sport Administration

• Batted .600 with a 1.300 slugging percentage and .714 on-base percentage in Northwestern’s series win over Nebraska last weekend, collecting two home runs, six RBI and three runs in the four-game set

• Also pitched the series finale Sunday, earning a complete-game victory in the final home appearance of her career while striking out seven

• In that same finale on Sunday, went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored

• Received Academic All-Big Ten honors the past three years (2018, 2019, 2020)

• Earns her second career Player of the Week honor, both this season

• Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Morgan Newport (March 30, 2021)

Pitcher of the Week

Meghan Beaubien, Michigan

Sr. – LHP – Newport, Mich. – Saint Mary Catholic Central – Major: Biomedical Engineering

• Went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, two complete-game shutouts and nine strikeouts to help Big Ten Champion Michigan finish the regular season with a four-game sweep of Rutgers

• Tossed the eighth perfect game in Wolverine history, and second by a Big Ten pitcher this season, on May 15, striking out five in the five-inning victory

• Added a complete-game two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in the series opener on May 14

• A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2019, 2020)

• Garners her eighth career Pitcher of the Week plaudit and third this season

• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Meghan Beaubien (May 11, 2021)

Freshman of the Week

Sara Kinch, Minnesota

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

• Compiled a .429 batting average, .857 slugging percentage and .429 on-base percentage in Minnesota’s series win at Penn State last weekend, hitting two home runs with three RBI and two runs scored

• Had hits in all four games of the series, including home runs in the Golden Gophers’ victories on May 14 and 15 (the latter in the nightcap of a doubleheader)

• Added two hits in Minnesota’s victory in the opener of the May 15 twinbill, as well as Sunday’s series finale

• Receives her third career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Sara Kinch (April 20, 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

April 27
PL: Sam Hackenbracht, So., OSU

P: Alex Storako, Jr., MICH

F: Denali Loecker, IOWA

May 4
PL: Kaylin Kinney, Fr., NEB

P: Allison Doocy, Grad., IOWA

F: Brylee Klosterman, IOWA

F: Billie Andrews, NEB

May 11
PL: Bella Norton, Sr., IND

PL: Julia Jimenez, So., MICH

P: Emily Goodin, Sr., IND

P: Meghan Beaubien, Sr., MICH

F: Denali Loecker, IOWA

F: Jaeda McFarland, MD

May 18
PL: Morgan Newport, Grad., NU

P: Meghan Beaubien, Sr., MICH

F: Sara Kinch, MINN