Big Ten Softball Weekly Release
March 25, 2014
Purdue's Andrea Hillsey
Hillsey earned Purdue's Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2005. She was named to the NFCA All-America first team in 2003 and earned first-team All-Mideast Region honors in 2003 and 2005.
A three-time MVP for the Boilermakers, Hillsey was named first-team All-Big Ten in 2003 and was a second-team selection in 2005.
She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and was named to the GTE Academic All-America third team in 2003.
Hillsey finished her career with 210 hits, 140 runs, 16 home runs and a .539 slugging percentage.
BIG TEN. BIG NEWS
According to the first NCAA Softball RPI ratings released on Monday, five Big Ten teams are rated among the top 50 in the nation, including two in the top 10. Michigan leads the way at No. 5, followed by No. 9 Nebraska and No. 17 Minnesota. Northwestern and Wisconsin are ranked No. 22 and No. 43, respectively.
In the latest national polls, four Big Ten teams received top 25 nods in the NFCA Coaches poll, while three Big Ten squads were ranked among the top 25 in the USA Softball ballot. In the coaches' poll, Michigan was ranked No. 6, followed by No. 15 Minnesota, No. 19 Nebraska and No. 23 Northwestern. In the USA Softball ballot, Michigan led the way at No. 6, followed by No. 15 Minnesota and No. 18 Nebraska.
In the latest version of the NCAA statistics, several Big Ten teams are ranked among the top 20 in the nation in various statistical categories. Northwestern ranks ninth in batting average (.337), while Michigan is 10th (.336). The Wolverines rank fifth in fielding percentage (.980), followed by 17th-ranked Northwestern (.976). Minnesota is 17th in earned-run-average (1.70), while the Wildcats rank eighth in scoring (6.96). Ohio State (1.66) and Illinois (1.63) rank No. 17 and No. 19, respectively, in double plays per game. A complete list of team and individual statistics can be found on ncaa.org.