Feb. 9, 2009
Player of the Week:
Danielle Zymkowitz, Illinois
Sophomore / Second Baseman
West Hills, Calif. - Chaminade College Prep
Danielle Zymkowitz earns her first weekly honor after spearheading the Illini offensive attack at the Cathedral City Kickoff last weekend. The sophomore second baseman went a perfect 7-for-7 from the plate, while recording four RBI, five stolen bases and four runs scored through the first two games to lead Illinois to wins over Boise State and James Madison on Friday. Zymkowitz also turned a triple play in the first inning of Illinois' triumph over the Broncos. Overall, the West Hills, Calif., native hit .692 (9-for-13), stole six bases, drove in five runs and reached base in 12 of 15 plate appearances through four games while helping her squad to a 3-1 record in the opening weekend of play.
Last Illinois Player of the Week: Angelena Mexicano (March 31, 2008)
Co-Pitchers of the Week:
Nikki Nemitz, Michigan
Junior / Pitcher
St. Clair Shores, Mich. - Regina HS
Nikki Nemitz earns her share of the weekly pitching award after she was named the FAU Kick-Off Classic Tournament MVP for leading the No. 8-ranked Wolverines to the tournament title last weekend. The junior left-hander posted a 2-0 record with a 0.84 ERA and 29 strikeouts through 16.2 innings pitched. Nemitz, coming off an All-American campaign in 2008, was stellar in the Wolverines' season debut, ringing up a career-high 18 batters -- just one strikeout shy of the U-M single-game record. The Michigan hurler struck out the side in three straight innings and boasted 11 consecutive strike-outs between the second and fifth frames. Nemitz capped the weekend on a similar note, tossing 5.2 shutout innings in relief against UMass, allowing just one hit while striking out seven. This is the third career weekly laurel for Nemitz, who earned her first two honors in April and March of 2008.
Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Jordan Taylor (May 5, 2008)
Dana Alcocer, Purdue
Senior / Pitcher
Tucson, Ariz. - Canyon Del Oro
Purdue’s Dana Alcocer garners her first weekly laurel share of the weekly pitching award after leading the Boilermakers to program history with a win over fourth-ranked UCLA on Saturday. The 2-1 triumph was the first-ever Purdue win over a top five opponent and the first of two victories on the weekend. The senior allowed just two hits in the game while striking out four Bruins. After working out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, the Tucson, Ariz., native settled in, taking down the 18 of the next 23 batters. Alcocer had a one-hitter going with two outs in the seventh before allowing the Bruins a second hit.
Last Purdue Pitcher of the Week: Katie Mitchell (March 10, 2008)