May 4, 2009
Player of the Week:
Alicia Herron, Ohio State
Cypress, Calif. – Cypress
Alicia Herron broke the all-time Ohio State record for freshman homeruns after blasting two homers against No. 12 Northwestern on Sunday as the Buckeyes defeated the Wildcats, 10-1, in five innings. The shortstop launched a two-and three-run blasts in back-to-back at-bats, accounting for five of the Buckeyes’ runs and upping her total to 11 round-trippers on the year, surpassing the previous record of 10 achieved by then-freshmen Sam Marder in 2007 and Kristine Himes in 2000. The five-RBI effort came just a day after the Cypress, Calif., native hit a two-run shot in the top of the seventh to score the winning runs in the Buckeyes' first win in the weekend sweep over Northwestern.
Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Sam Marder (March 16, 2009)
Pitcher of the Week:
Jordan Taylor, Michigan
Valencia, Calif. - Valencia
Jordan Taylor tossed back-to-back two-hitters in her last two appearances, upping her season record to 16-4 and helping Michigan defeat Indiana, 7-1, and Iowa, 6-0, last week. The Wolverine sophomore fanned 29 batters through 14 innings, posting 13 Ks against the Hoosiers on Wednesday before topping that figure with a career-best 16 strikeouts in Sunday's win over the Hawkeyes. The Valencia, Calif., native did not allow an earned run in either contest, claiming her seventh complete-game shutout of the season vs. Iowa.
Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Nikki Nemitz (April 6, 2009)