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Gophers’ Hope Brandner and Wildcats’ Danielle Williams receive Big Ten’s top honors this week

Player of the Week

Hope Brandner, Minnesota

1B – So. – Vacaville, Calif. – Vanden – Major: Undeclared

Batted .500 with a .667 on-base percentage and 1.625 slugging percentage last week, hitting three home runs with six RBI and three runs scored as the nationally-ranked Golden Gophers took two of three games at Big Ten foe Illinois last weekend

Collected home runs in each game of the Illinois series, including a go-ahead eighth-inning home run in game two on April 6 and a first-inning home run in the series finale later that day

Reached base in eight of her 12 plate appearances during the weekend

Earns her second career Player of the Week honor

Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Maddie Houlihan (March 25, 2019)

Pitcher and Freshman of the Week

Danielle Williams, Northwestern

LHP – Fr. – Pleasanton, Calif. – Amador Valley – Major: Undeclared

Went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in the circle last weekend, tossing two complete-game shutouts while allowing a combined four hits and striking out 22 as nationally-ranked Northwestern won all four games last week, including a Big Ten series sweep at Nebraska

Registered a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the series finale on Sunday after throwing a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the opener on April 5

Has thrown 33.0 consecutive scoreless innings during Big Ten play

Also had two hits and two RBI in five at-bats last weekend

Earns her third career Pitcher of the Week honor

Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Danielle Williams (April 1, 2019)

Earns her fourth career Freshman of the Week honor

Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Danielle Williams (March 25, 2019)