Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota Earn Weekly Softball Honors

Minnesota's Sara Moulton

Minnesota's Sara Moulton

Feb. 24, 2014

Player of the Week
Alex Booker, Illinois
Sr., LF, Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township 

  • Batted .529, collected nine hits and drove in six runs with three doubles, one triple, one home run and three stolen bases in leading Illinois to a 3-1 record at the UTA Hilton Invitational in Arlington, Texas, last weekend
  • Reached base in all four games, tallying an on-base percentage of .529 and a slugging percentage of 1.000
  • In the win over UMKC, tallied three hits, scored one run and recorded one stolen base
  • Became the first Illinois player in school history to hit for the cycle in the ensuing win over Creighton, plating three runs on four hits while scoring twice
  • Drove in the winning run with a two-run double against UT-Arlington while also scoring one run and stealing her third base of the week
  • Collects her first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Illinois Big Ten Player of the Week: Jess Perkins (April 30, 2012)

Pitcher of the Week
Sara Moulton, Minnesota
Sr., RHP, Eagan, Minn./Eagan 

  • Threw 17.0 innings without conceding a run at the UNCG Spartan Classic, collecting three wins
  • Recorded 28 strikeouts against one walk, including her 1,000th career punch out, and limited opposing batters to an .056 batting average
  • Threw her fifth career no-hitter against Hampton, striking out 11 batters
  • Tossed a complete game with 11 strikeouts against George Washington
  • Threw five innings with six punch outs versus UNC-Greensboro
  • Wins her 10th career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor and second this season
  • Last Minnesota Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Sara Moulton (Feb. 10, 2014)

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

  • Earned two wins at the FAU Kickoff Classic, pitching 12.0 innings without conceding a run and striking out 15 batters
  • Threw 5.0 innings against Pittsburgh, scattering just three hits while striking out four
  • Tossed a complete game versus Florida Atlantic, striking out 11 batters while surrendering just one walk and three hits
  • Earns her second Freshman of the Week honor in as many weeks
  • Last Michigan Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Megan Betsa (Feb. 18, 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. 18                
PL: Sierra Romero, So., MICH
PL: Ashley Burkhardt, Jr., PUR
P: Emily Lockman, So., NEB
F: Megan Betsa, MICH 

Feb. 24                
PL: Alex Booker, Sr., ILL
P: Sara Moulton, Sr., MINN
F: Megan Betsa, MICH