Illini's Wedel and Gophers' Middlebrooks Nab Softball Honors

Illinois' Kelley Wedel was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday.

Illinois' Kelley Wedel was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday.

March 1, 2010

Player of the Week
Kelley Wedel, Illinois
So., 3B, Anaheim, Calif./Loara

Wedel earns her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor after being named to the NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament team and leading Illinois to a 5-0 record over the weekend. The sophomore was 7-of-13 at the plate, a .538 average, while slugging .923 and reaching base at a .600 clip. On the weekend, Wedel knocked in six runs, while scoring seven herself, had a home run and two doubles as the Illini improved to 14-1 on the season. The sophomore's top game of the weekend came Friday night against Mississippi Valley State, where she went 2-3 with a homer and a double, knocking in four runs and scoring three times.

Last Illinois Player of the Week: Katrina Ross (April 27, 2009)

Pitcher of the Week
Lacey Middlebrooks, Minnesota
Fr., Wake Village, Texas/Liberty Eylau

Middlebrooks wins her first Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor after posting a 3-1 record over the weekend for the Gophers. Through four weekend contests, the freshman allowed just one earned run through 26.1 innings of work, good for a 0.27 earned run average. Middlebrooks allowed just 10 hits on the weekend, while striking out 24 and walking only nine. She posted two complete game victories, pitching seven innings of five-hit ball against Florida Gulf Coast and recording a complete game shutout against Connecticut.

Last Minnesota Pitcher of the Week: Briana Hassett (March 23, 2009)