Penn State, Minnesota and Nebraska Earn Weekly Softball Honors

Minnesota's Sara Groenewegen

Minnesota's Sara Groenewegen

April 7, 2014

Player of the Week
Lexi Knief, Penn State
So., CF, Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey 

  • Batted .556 with 10 hits, three RBI, seven runs scored and three extra base hits in leading Penn State to a 4-1 record last week, including a Big Ten road sweep at Michigan State
  • In the three games against the Spartans, batted .636 (7-of-11) and tallied an on-base percentage of .692 with three multi-hit performances
  • In a win over St. Francis (Pa.), went 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI and scored a run
  • In the series opener at Michigan State, tallied a pair of hits with an RBI, scored two runs and drew a pair of walks
  • Collected two hits and scored a run in Saturday’s 7-3 victory to help secure the Nittany Lions’ first Big Ten series win of the season
  • Nearly hit for the cycle in the series finale against the Spartans, tallying a double and a triple and hitting her first collegiate home run, while also scoring three runs
  • Collects her first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Big Ten Player of the Week: Cassidy Bell (Feb. 18, 2013)

Pitcher of the Week 
Sara Groenewegen, Minnesota
Fr., RHP, White Rock, B.C./Elgin Park Secondary 

  • Tallied a complete-game shutout victory over Wisconsin to secure a weekend series split
  • Scattered two hits and allowed just five baserunners while striking out nine
  • Took a no-hitter into the seventh inning during her first-career start at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium
  • Improved to 8-0 on the season with 84 strikeouts
  • Wins her first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Sara Moulton (March 18, 2014)

 

 

Co-Freshmen of the Week 
Sara Groenewegen, Minnesota
RHP, White Rock, B.C./Elgin Park Secondary 

  • Tallied a complete-game shutout victory over Wisconsin to secure a weekend series split
  • Scattered two hits and allowed just five baserunners while striking out nine
  • Took a no-hitter into the seventh inning during her first-career start at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium
  • Improved to 8-0 on the season with 84 strikeouts
  • Wins her second career Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor and second in as many weeks
  • Last Minnesota Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Sara Groenewegen (March 18, 2014)

Marjani Knighten, Nebraska
3B, Buena Park, Calif./Sunny Hills 

  • Batted .538 with seven hits, six RBI and three runs scored as Nebraska went 3-1 last week, including winning two-of-three games in a weekend road series at Illinois
  • Reached base safely in all four games, including two multi-hit performances and six combined RBI against the Illini
  • In the series opener against Illinois, hit a home run and collected a pair of RBI
  • In game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, tallied two hits and plated a pair of runs
  • In Sunday’s rubber match, collected two hits and drove in two runs
  • Earns her first Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Nebraska Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Dawna Tyson (March 31, 2014)

2014 Big Ten Softball Players of the Week

Feb. 10                
PL: Andrea Filler, So., NU
P: Sara Moulton, Sr., MINN
F: Abby Ramirez, MICH 

Feb. 18                
PL: Sierra Romero, So., MICH
PL: Ashley Burkhardt, Jr., PUR
P: Emily Lockman, So., NEB
F: Megan Betsa, MICH 

Feb. 24                
PL: Alex Booker, Sr., ILL
P: Sara Moulton, Sr., MINN
F: Megan Betsa, MICH 

March 3              
PL: Tatum Edwards, Sr., NEB
P: Taylor-Paige Stewart, So., WIS
F: Chloe Miller, WIS 

March 10           
PL: Emily Allard, Sr., NU
P: Haylie Wagner, Jr., MICH
F: Nicole Bond, NU

March 18           
PL: Taylor Hasselbach, Sr., MICH
P: Sara Moulton, Sr., MINN
F: CaraMia Tsirigos, IND 

March 24           
PL: Tori Chiodo, Sr., PUR
P: Haylie Wagner, Jr., MICH
F: Sara Novak, WIS 

March 31           
PL: Hailey Decker, So., NEB
P: Kayla Massey, Sr., IOWA
F: Sara Groenewegen, MINN
F: Katy McJunkin, PUR

April 7
PL: Lexi Knief, So., PSU
P: Sara Groenewegen, Fr., MINN
F: Sara Groenewegen, MINN
F: Marjani Knighten, NEB