Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern Take Home Weekly Softball Honors

Michigan State's Kelly Smith was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Michigan State's Kelly Smith was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

April 1, 2013

Player of the Week
Amy Letourneau, Northwestern
So., 1B, Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic
• Hit .750 from the plate, combining for a 2.318 OPS, to help Northwestern to a series win over Minnesota
• Belted two home runs in the series, a three-run shot in Game 2 and a two-run homer in the series finale
• Finished a combined 4-for-4 with three walks, good for a 1.000 on-base percentage, in Games 2 and 3, after going 2-for-4 with a run scored in the opener to finish the week with six RBI and three runs scored
• Wins her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor
• Last Northwestern Big Ten Player of the Week: Adrienne Monka (May 7, 2012)

Pitcher of the Week
Kelly Smith, Michigan State
Jr., RHP, Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood
• Went 2-0 last week, sporting a 0.41 ERA over 17 innings of work, to help Michigan State to three wins over Indiana
• Surrendered just one earned run, striking out 20 against just six walks
• Pitched two complete games, scattering four hits while striking out seven in the opener before going eight innings against two hits and fanning nine in the finale
• Wins her first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
• Last Michigan State Pitcher of the Week: Rachel Turney (Feb. 21, 2006)

Freshman of the Week
Sierra Romero, Michigan
SS, Murietta, Calif./Vista Murrieta
• Reached base in each game last week, driving in five runs and scoring six in a weekend sweep of Penn State
• Hit .364 from the plate in the series and slugged 1.182 on the strength of three home runs, including two in Game 2 in which she finished with four RBI and four runs scored
• Belted a solo home run in the series finale, scoring twice to help the Wolverines complete the sweep
• Takes home her fourth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Michigan Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Sierra Romero (March 25, 2013)