Indiana, Michigan and NU Collect Softball Weekly Laurels

April 24, 2006

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Player of the Week
Rachel Terry, Indiana
Jr., 1B, Palatine, Ill./Fremd

Terry earns her first Player of the Week accolade after tallying a .526 batting average (10-for-19) and leading the Hoosiers to a 3-1 mark in Big Ten play last weekend. In the six-game span, the Palatine, Ill., native registered two home runs, one double, five runs and 10 RBI en route to a .895 slugging percentage. Against Iowa, Terry recorded a walk-off home run to seal a 12-4 victory over the Hawkeyes. She also helped Indiana set an all-time record for long balls in a season with 37, eclipsing the previous high of 35. Terry had two-or-more hits in four out of the six games, including a 2-for-2 performance against IPFW and a 3-for-4 effort against Iowa.

Co-Pitchers of the Week
Jennie Ritter, Michigan
Sr., Dexter, Mich./Dexter

Ritter shares Pitcher of the Week laurels after accounting for all five of Michigan's wins last week. The Dexter, Mich., native held the opposition off the board in four games including 16.0 straight innings of shutout ball in a sweep of Central Michigan. Against the Chippewas, Ritter threw a complete-game, giving up only three hits while striking out 14 batters. With the score tied 1-1, she then entered the second game of the doubleheader, fanning 18 batters and allowing just four hits until Michigan homered for the win. With her 18 strikeouts in game two, Ritter broke the U-M single-game strikeout record, while also passing the 1,000 career K's mark. In Big Ten action, she allowed just one run in 19.0 inning, picking up three victories and striking out 27 batters.

Eileen Canney, Northwestern
Jr., Paradise, Calif./Paradise

Canney tied the NCAA Division I single-game strikeout record with 28 K's to claim the 18-inning victory over Minnesota. She allowed just five hits and four walks while facing 64 batters in the 4-3 triumph. The Paradise, Calif., native also started and allowed no earned runs in 6.1 innings of work against Notre Dame last Tuesday. Canney, who currently ranks first in the league with a 0.62 ERA in Big Ten contests, claims her second consecutive and sixth all-time weekly laurel (2006 - March 20 and April 17; 2004 - April 26; 2005 - Feb. 8 and April 4).