Four Schools Claim First Softball Honors of 2012

Iowa's Megan Blank shared Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors with Michigan's Sara Driesenga.

Feb. 13, 2012

Player of the Week
Ashley Guile, Nebraska
Sr., 1B, Olathe, Kan./Olathe East
• Hit .550 and combined for an OPS of 1.459 to help Nebraska to three victories in its season opening tournament, highlighted by a win over No. 8 Arizona
• Was 11-for-20 from the plate, with multi-hit games against Arizona, Idaho State and Cal State Northridge, finishing with eight RBI and eight runs scored
• Homered against Cal State Northridge and also recorded three doubles throughout the tournament, posting an .850 slugging percentage
• Records her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Player of the Week: N/A

Pitcher of the Week
Sara Moulton, Minnesota
So, RHP, Eagan, Minn./Eagan
• Threw the 15th no-hitter in Minnesota history to help the Gophers open the season with a 3-1 record last weekend, earning the decision in each contest
• Posted an 0.74 ERA over 19 innings of work, striking out 24 while allowing just three hits and four walks
• Pitched seven innings of no-hit ball against Kent State in the season opener, one of two complete games the sophomore pitched last weekend
• Claims her second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
• Last Minnesota Pitcher of the Week: Sara Moulton (March 14, 2011)

Co-Freshman of the Week
Megan Blank, Iowa
SS, Culver City, Calif./Marymount
• Earned All-Tournament honors at the Getterman Classic after hitting .583 (7-for-12) with six runs and two steals over five games last weekend
• Reached base at nearly a 70 percent clip, getting on twice or more in four games, including a perfect 3-for-3 against Arkansas and walking four times against Wichita State
• Scored the game-winning run against Texas-Arlington, one of four contests in which she scored at least one run
• Picks up her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade
• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: N/A



Sara Driesenga, Michigan
RHP, Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville
• Posted a 2-0 record in her debut for the Wolverines with victories over Louisiana Tech and No. 22 LSU
• Pitched four innings of two-hit ball, surrendering just two unearned runs and three walks in earning the win against Louisiana Tech
• Allowed just one earned run in seven innings of work, striking out two and giving up just three hits in a 2-1 Michigan victory over LSU
• Picks up her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade
• Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Nicole Sappingfield (May 9, 2011)