Northwestern and Illinois Collect Weekly Softball Honors

Northwestern's Mari Majam

May 6, 2014

Player of the Week

Mari Majam, Northwestern
Sr., OF, Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire

• Batted .700 with seven hits, five RBI, five runs scored and five stolen bases in leading Northwestern to a 3-1 record last week, including a weekend sweep of Michigan State
• Drew four walks on the week and tallied an on-base percentage of .800
• Went 1-for-1 from the plate against DePaul, while collecting an RBI and a stolen base
• In the series opener against the Spartans, tallied two hits, drove in three runs and scored a run
• Collected three hits and drove in one run in the second game against Michigan State, while also stealing two bases
• In the series finale, tallied one hit, scored a run, stole two bases and drew a pair of walks
• Earns her second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
• Last Northwestern Big Ten Player of the Week: Emily Allard (March 10, 2014)

Pitcher and Freshman of the Week

Brandi Needham, Illinois
Fr., LHP, Dripping Springs, Texas/Dripping Springs

• Picked up two complete-game wins in a weekend sweep over Penn State
• Pitched 14.0 innings, conceded one earned run and allowed one walk

Illinois' Brandi Needham

• Hurled a five-hit shutout with two strikeouts and zero walks in the series opener against the Nittany Lions
• Scattered four hits and allowed just one run in Sunday's series finale
• Earns her first career Pitcher of the Week honor and first Freshman of the Week plaudit
• Last Illinois Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Shelese Arnold (April 22, 2013)
• Last Illinois Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Allie Bauch (April 29, 2013)