Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue Garner Softball Weekly Honors
April 7, 2008
Co-Players of the Week
Michelle Batts, Northwestern
Fr., 1B, Bloomingdale, Ill. / Glenbard North
Batts helped Northwestern to a 3-0 record on the week with two of those wins coming against No. 24 Ohio State in Big Ten play. The Bloomingdale, Ill., native tallied a .583 average for the week (7-for12), with three home runs, nine RBI, two doubles and scoring four times. In the Wildcats' first game of the week against Loyola (Chicago) on April 3, the freshman was a perfect 3-for-3 with two home runs, five RBI, a double and scored three times in a 9-1 Northwestern win. In the first game of a doubleheader with the Buckeyes, Batts notched three more hits in five at-bats with a double and two RBI to pace NU to a 7-0 victory. In the final game of the weekend, Batts only hit of the game was a homerun with one aboard in the 6-0 Wildcats win. Northwestern is now 6-0 in conference games and is currently first in the Big Ten standings. This is Batts' first career weekly laurel.
Last NU Player of the Week: Tammy Williams (2/18/08)
Jenna Alexander, Purdue
So., C, Elk Grove, Calif. / Elk Grove
Alexander is this week's Player of the Week hitting for a .667 average in six at-bats to help Purdue to four consecutive victories over IUPUI and Wisconsin. In game one of a doubleheader with IUPUI on April 2, the sophomore had a double in her only at-bat as the Boilermakers won, 6-1. In the first of a doubleheader against Wisconsin on April 4, Alexander was a perfect 2-for-2, hitting solo homeruns in both plate appearances to account for her two RBI and two runs to aid in a 5-2 win. In Purdue's final game against the Badgers, the Elk Grove, Calif., native went 1-for-2 with an RBI to lead the Boilermakers to another win, 4-3. This is Alexander's first career weekly honor.
Last PUR Player of the Week: Katie Mitchell (3/10/08)
Pitcher of the Week
Jordan Taylor, Michigan
Fr., P, Valencia, Calif. / Valencia
Taylor picked up two wins in two complete games as the Wolverines went 3-1 for the week. The freshman had 28 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.00 for the weekend in 14 innings of work and did not issue a single base on balls. Against Iowa on April 5, the Valencia, Calif., native had 14 strikeouts, giving up just four hits to earn the 3-0 victory. On April 6 against Illinois, Taylor notched 14 strikeouts once again, only relinquishing two hits to help Michigan to a 5-0 win. This is Taylor's first career weekly laurel.
Last MICH Pitcher of the Week: Nikki Nemitz (3/24/08)