Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan State and Purdue Earn Weekly Softball Honors

Purdue's Katy McJunkin

Purdue's Katy McJunkin

April 22, 2014

Co-Players of the Week

Taylor Edwards, Nebraska
Sr., C, Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta

• Batted .571 with four hits, four RBI, five runs scored and two home runs in a weekend sweep over Ohio State
• Posted a .750 on-base percentage and slugging percentage of 1.571 on the weekend, reaching base safely in nine of her 12 plate appearances
• Tallied one hit, drove in a run, scored a pair of runs and drew a walk in Friday's series opener
• Hit a solo home run and drew two walks in game one of Saturday's doubleheader
• Tallied two hits, including a home run, drove in two runs and scored a pair of runs in the series finale, helping the Huskers extend their winning streak to seven games
• Collects her second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Big Ten Player of the Week: Hailey Decker (March 31, 2014)

Marisa Bast, Northwestern
Sr., 3B, Orange, Calif./Villa Park

• Batted .545 with six hits, five RBI, five runs scored and a pair of home runs in Northwestern's four games last week, including a weekend sweep over Indiana
• In the series against the Hoosiers, batted .625, posted an on-base percentage of .727 and slugged at a clip of 1.375
• Tallied one hit, drove in a run, scored one run and stole a base in a run-rule win over Loyola-Chicago
• Tallied two hits and drove in three runs, including a home run, in the series opener against Indiana
• Reached base safely in each of her plate appearances in game two against the Hoosiers, collecting a pair of hits and one RBI while scoring two runs and drawing a walk
• Tallied one hit, scored a run and drew two walks in the series finale
• Collects her first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
• Last Northwestern Big Ten Player of the Week: Emily Allard (March 10, 2014)

Pitcher of the Week

Kelly Smith, Michigan State
Sr., RHP, Friendswood, Texas/McLennan Community College



• Picked up three wins on the week, including a pair of complete game victories over Iowa to help the Spartans win their first series in Iowa City in school history
• Pitched a total of 21.0 innings, scattering five hits without conceding a run
• For the week, recorded 23 strikeouts against just three walks
• Threw her first career no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Eastern Michigan, striking out nine batters
• Threw all 7.0 innings in the series opener at Iowa, striking out eight batters against one walk
• Went the distance in the circle in Sunday's rubber match, striking out six batters while scattering five hits
• Wins her second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
• Last Michigan State Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Kelly Smith (April 1, 2013)

Freshman of the Week

Katy McJunkin, Purdue
DP, Murrieta, Calif./Chaparral

• Batted .714 with five hits, four RBI, one run scored and a home run in the Boilermakers' series win over Illinois
• Tallied at least one base hit in every game, including a pair of multi-hit performances
• In the series opener against the Illini, plated four runs with a three-run home run and a double
• Went 2-for-3 from the plate in the series finale
• Earns her second Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Purdue Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Katy McJunkin (March 31, 2014)