April 10, 2006
Player of the Week
Megan Schwab, Ohio State
Jr., OF, Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain
Schwab earns her first Player of the Week laurel after leading Ohio State to a 6-0 record last week, including four Big Ten victories. For the week, Schwab batted .500 (7-for-14) with a triple, home run, five RBI and eight runs scored, while also registering a .632 on-base percentage. The Glendale, Ariz., native had at least one hit in all six games last week to extend her current hitting streak to eight contests. Schwab notched her first triple of the season, while also tallying two walks in a 5-3 victory over Illinois. In addition, she homered in game two of Sunday's doubleheader against No. 15 Northwestern to give Ohio State a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats. OSU notched back-to-back Big Ten sweeps for the first time since 2002 when the Buckeyes swept six consecutive league foes on their way to a school record 55 wins.
Pitcher of the Week
Jennie Ritter, Michigan
Sr., Dexter, Mich./Dexter
Ritter captured three wins, including a pair of one-hit shutouts, while holding opposing batters to just .107 at the plate to earn Pitcher of the Week accolades. Against Western Michigan, she became U-M's all-time strikeout leader in the second inning, passing former Wolverine Marissa Young's mark of 927 K's. Ritter finished the weekend, fanning a total of 44 batters and now has 969 career strikeouts. She allowed only nine hits and three earned runs for a 0.85 ERA last week. Ritter earns her second Big Ten weekly accolade of the 2006 season as she was also honored on March 7, 2006. The Dexter, Mich., native has now claimed a total of eight career Pitcher of the Week laurels (2006 - March 7 and April 10; 2005 - March 8, March 28 and April 18; 2004 - Feb. 19, March 2 and March 17).