Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern Earn Weekly Softball Awards
March 5, 2018


Player of the Week
Faith Canfield, Michigan
2B – Jr. – Garden Grove, Calif. – Pacifica

• Recorded a .579 batting average and .895 slugging percentage with 11 hits, two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored while helping the No. 25/23 Wolverines to five wins in as many games at the Judi Garman Classic
• Tied her career high with four hits in a game twice last week, including a win over No. 8/9 Baylor, when she added a home run
• Drove in all three Michigan runs and hit another home run in the Wolverines’ victory over No. 18 Louisiana
• Earns her second career Player of the Week honor
• Last Michigan Player of the Week: Faith Canfield (May 9, 2017)

Pitcher of the Week
Emily Oestreich, Illinois
RHP – Jr. – Napa, Calif. – Vintage

• Went 3-0 with a 0.57 ERA in 24.2 innings in the circle last week, posting two complete games and striking out 25 batters while allowing just two earned runs to help Illinois to five wins and the title at the Coach B Classic
• Registered a one-hit complete-game shutout over tournament host Southern Illinois, fanning five
• Also went the distance in a victory over Murray State, allowing just one earned run on three hits while striking out six
• Earns her first career Pitcher of the Week honor
• Last Illinois Pitcher of the Week: Brandi Needham (May 5, 2014)

Freshman of the Week
Rachel Lewis, Northwestern
2B – Liberty Township, Ohio – Lakota East

• Batted .333 with a .750 slugging percentage last week, collecting a home run and six RBI as the Wildcats earned three wins at the Husky Classic in Seattle
• Belted a decisive three-run home run in Northwestern’s victory over 11th-ranked Alabama
• Added a two-run double in the Wildcats’ win over Portland State earlier in the tournament
• Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Morgan Nelson (April 4, 2016)

2018 Big Ten Players of the Week
Feb. 12
PL: Dani Wagner, Sr., MINN
PL: Tristen Edwards, So., NEB
P: Shelby McCombs, Sr., OSU
F: Meghan Beaubien, MICH
F: Niki Carver, OSU

Feb. 19
PL: Tristen Edwards, So., NEB
P: Meghan Beaubien, Fr., MICH
F: Meghan Beaubien, MICH

Feb. 26
PL: Lilli Piper, Jr., OSU
P: Meghan Beaubien, Fr., MICH
F: Meghan Beaubien, MICH

March 5
PL: Faith Canfield, Jr., MICH
P: Emily Oestreich, Jr., ILL
F: Rachel Lewis, NU