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Michigan, Nebraska and Northwestern Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Wolverines’ Storako, Huskers’ Andrews and Wildcats’ Newport secure this week’s conference plaudits

Player of the Week

Morgan Newport, Northwestern

Grad. – OF/LHP – DeKalb, Ill. – DeKalb – Major: Biological Sciences

• Batted .615 with a 1.154 slugging percentage and .667 on-base percentage, along with two home runs, eight hits, three RBI and four runs scored in NU’s four-game sweep of Wisconsin last weekend

• Also shone in the circle with a 2-0 record, tossing 9.1 scoreless innings, including a three-hit complete-game shutout in the nightcap of a March 27 doubleheader

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

• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor

• Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Rachel Lewis (Feb. 17, 2020)

Pitcher of the Week

Alex Storako, Michigan

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

• Went 2-0 with a 0.49 ERA, one complete game, one combined shutout, 23 strikeouts and only four walks in 14.1 innings last week, helping the Wolverines sweep a four-game weekend series at Indiana

• Allowed just one run on four hits and struck out 17 in a nine-inning win on March 27

• Shared shutout in series finale on Sunday, yielding only two hits and fanning six in the first five innings

• Named an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2020

• Collects her second career Pitcher of the Week plaudit

• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Meghan Beaubien (March 2, 2021)

Freshman of the Week

Billie Andrews, Nebraska

IF – Gretna, Neb. – Gretna – Major: Graphic Design

• Posted a .667 batting average, 1.133 slugging percentage and .667 on-base percentage with a home run, 10 hits, five RBI and six runs scored as the Huskers took three of four games vs. Penn State last week

• Had multi-hit games in all four outings against the Nittany Lions, led by a career-high three-hit outing (including a triple and home run) and career-best three RBI in the opener of a March 27 doubleheader

• Scored a career-high two runs in both games of that same twinbill

• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Lindsey Walljasper (Feb. 18, 2019)

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