March 9, 2009
Player of the Week:
Tammy Williams, Northwestern
Sr., SS, Roscoe, Mo./Osceola
Williams led Northwestern to three wins over top-10 opponents last weekend, batting .545 with a 1.364 slugging average and .667 on-base percentage to combine for an OPS of 2.031. The senior also drove in two runs and scored five while slugging two home runs and three doubles. Against No. 8 Tennessee on Saturday, Williams went 2-for-4 with two runs and two doubles, including a seventh-inning hit that led to a Northwestern walk-off grand slam. Later that day against No. 6 Oklahoma, the shortstop went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI on a solo homer in a close, 4-3 loss. The next day versus the Volunteers, Williams was 2-for-2 with two runs, an RBI, a double and a homer while drawing three walks in an 11-3 rout. In the final game of the weekend against the Sooners, she reached base on a walk in a 1-0 pitching battle. Behind Williams' offense, the Wildcats improved to 13-7 on the season.
Co-Pitchers of the Week:
Nikki Nemitz, Michigan
Jr., P, St. Clair Shores Mich./Regina
Nemitz pitched the Wolverines to a pair of victories over the weekend, tossing complete games against Bradley on Saturday and Ohio on Sunday. Versus the Braves, the junior struck out 11 batters while giving up just three hits and a walk in a seven-inning shutout. The following day against the Bobcats, she gave up just four walks, four hits and two earned runs while fanning nine. For the weekend, Nemitz posted a 1.00 ERA with 20 strikeouts, improving her career total to 481, placing her fifth on Michigan's all-time strikeouts list.
Suzie Rzegocki, Purdue
So, P, Lemont, Ill./Lemont
Rzegocki was named to the Buzz Classic all-tournament team after grabbing four wins for the Boilermakers with a 0.64 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 22 innings of work Against host Georgia Tech on Friday, the sophomore fanned eight and allowed just two walks, four hits and two earned runs in a complete-game effort. The next day vs. Indiana State, she struck out five batters and gave up just four hits and three walks in another seven-inning outing. Rzegocki came on in relief against Jacksonville State later that day and struck out one while allowing just one walks to pick up her third win of the weekend in a two-inning appearance. Back on the rubber as a starter against Boston College on Sunday, Rzegocki fanned four batters over six innings, scattering four hits and a walk without giving up a run. On the weekend, the Lemont, Ill., native held opponents to a .156 average and just two earned runs, improving her record to 9-2 with seven complete games and three shutouts.