Ohio State and Northwestern Capture Softball Weekly Laurels

May 1, 2006

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Player of the Week
Brittany Vanderink, Ohio State
So., RF, Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood
Vanderink claims her first Player of the Week accolade after extending her current hitting streak to a career-best eight games and was 9-for-15 (.600) in OSU's four contests last week. She went 6-for-8 in the Buckeyes' two Big Ten road games to up her average to a team-best .481 in league play. Vanderink opened the week, batting 3-for-7 against Wright State, tallying an RBI and one stolen base. She registered a career-best four hits in a 4-for-4 performance at Iowa, while adding another stolen base. The Hiram, Ohio, native then closed out the weekend, batting .500 (2-for-4) in a 10-6 victory over Wisconsin.

Pitcher of the Week
Eileen Canney, Northwestern
Jr., Paradise, Calif./Paradise

Canney earns Pitcher of the Week laurels after tallying three victories and a 0.34 ERA last weekend, while also helping the Wildcats reduce their magic number to one victory away from clinching the Big Ten regular-season title. On Friday, the Paradise, Calif., native tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out nine in a 5-0 victory at Michigan State. Canney came in and relieved Courtnay Foster against the Spartans in the second game of the series. She threw three 4.1 innings of shutout and held MSU batters to two hits as the Wildcats came back and won the game, 9-4. Canney followed with another solid performance against Michigan, fanning nine Wolverines and allowing only one earned run for a 2-1 victory. Canney earns her seventh weekly laurel as she was honored on March 20, April 17 and April 24 of this year, while also collecting accolades in 2004 (April 26) and 2005 (Feb. 8 and April 4).