Michigan, Nebraska and Purdue Earn Weekly Softball Honors

Purdue's Ashley Burkhardt

Feb. 18, 2014

Co-Players of the Week
Sierra Romero, Michigan
So., SS, Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta 

  • Batted .600, collected nine hits, drove in eight runs and scored six runs in leading the Wolverines to a 4-1 record at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La.
  • Recorded three multi-hit games, including two against nationally ranked Louisiana-Lafayette and one against Boston College
  • Posted a pair of hits and tallied two RBI against Boston College, and collected two hits with three walks in the first game against Louisiana-Lafayette
  • In the win over Louisiana-Lafayette, hit her second grand slam of the season and scored three runs
  • Drew six walks with zero strikeouts on the weekend, and recorded an on-base percentage of .714
  • Collects her third career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Big Ten Player of the Week: Caitlin Blanchard (May 7, 2013)

Ashley Burkhardt, Purdue
Jr., 1B, Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger 

  • Hit .533, tallied 12 RBI, collected eight hits and scored eight runs during the Kickin' Chicken Classic in Conway, S.C.
  • Opened the tournament with three consecutive multi-hit efforts
  • Belted three home runs on the weekend, including two in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Coastal Carolina, part of a five-RBI outing
  • Hit one home run en route to three RBI and three runs scored in a victory over Towson, and followed it up with four RBI in a win over Virginia
  • Collects her first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Purdue Big Ten Player of the Week: Molly Garst (Feb. 27, 2012)

Pitcher of the Week
Emily Lockman, Nebraska
So., RHP, Corona, Calif./Norco 

  • Made four appearances during the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic, going 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA
  • Struck out 19 batters on the weekend and surrendered just four total walks
  • Scattered just eight total hits and held the opposition to a .103 batting average
  • Tossed shutouts in both of her complete games against Army and Sam Houston State, and shut out Sam Houston State during six innings of work in the tournament finale
  • Threw a one-hitter against Army, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning
  • Wins her first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Nebraska Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Tatum Edwards (May 7, 2013)



Freshman of the Week
Megan Betsa, Michigan
P, McDonough, Ga./Union Grove 

  • Made three appearances in the Ragin' Cajun Invitational, recording an ERA of 0.68 while striking out 15 batters in just 10.1 innings of work
  • Pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout against Central Arkansas, striking out 13 batters
  • Held opposing hitters to a .063 batting average on the weekend
  • Threw one scoreless inning in a relief appearance against Boston College, helping the Wolverines come-from-behind to post the win
  • Wins her first career weekly honor
  • Last Michigan Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Abby Ramirez (Feb. 10, 2014)

2014 Big Ten Softball Players of the Week

Feb. 10                
PL: Andrea Filler, So., NU
P: Sara Moulton, Sr., MINN
F: Abby Ramirez, MICH

Feb. 17                
PL: Sierra Romero, So., MICH
PL: Ashley Burkhardt, Jr., PUR
P: Emily Lockman, So., NEB
F: Megan Betsa, MICH