Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern Earn Weekly Big Ten Softball Honors

Illinois' Shelese Arnold was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

April 22, 2013

Player of the Week
Amy Letourneau, Northwestern
1B, So., Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic
• Hit .692 from the plate in a three-game sweep of Penn State, finishing with multiple hits in every game, including at least one double in each contest, and a 1.714 OPS
• Scored twice and drove in five runs on the weekend, including a pair of RBI in the series opener and three more in the second game
• Went 3-for-4 in the series finale, her second game with three or more hits in the series, following a career-best four hits in Game 2
• Takes home her second Big Ten Player of the Week honor and second this season
• Last Northwestern Big Ten Player of the Week: Mari Majam (April 15, 2013)

Pitcher of the Week
Shelese Arnold, Illinois
So., RHP, Lexington, Tenn./Lexington
• Went 2-0 in Illinois’ sweep of Indiana, posting a pair of complete-game shutouts while allowing just four hits over 13 innings pitched
• Took to the circle in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, striking out six against just one walk while surrendering just two hits
• Scattered just two more hits in the series finale, earning the complete-game victory in a six-strikeout effort
• Wins her first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
• Last Illinois Pitcher of the Week: Pepper Gay (May 7, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Sierra Lawrence, Michigan
OF, Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian
• Recorded a hit, run and RBI in each game, finishing with a .462 average and a stolen base to help Michigan to a 4-0 Big Ten record last week
• Drove in eight runs and scored five times on six hits, highlighted by her three-hit outing in a midweek contest against Indiana
• Hit a grand slam in the second game of the weekend series against Iowa before driving in a pair of runs in the series finale
• Claims her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Michigan Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Sierra Romero (April 15, 2013)