Illinois and Northwestern Standouts Wins Weekly Big Ten Awards

Illinois' Pepper Gay was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week.

May 7, 2012

Player of the Week
Adrienne Monka, Northwestern
Sr., 1B, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga
• Hit .700 on the week, reached base at a .786 clip and slugged 1.400 to combine for an OPS of 2.186
• Finished with a .750 average in a three-game sweep of Michigan State, driving in eight runs and scoring four
• Was a perfect 3-for-3 in Game 1 of the series with four RBI, used a home run and a double to drive in three in Game 2, and belted a solo shot in Game 3
• Wins her sixth career conference weekly honor and second this season
• Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Adrienne Monka (April 30, 2012)

Pitcher of the Week
Pepper Gay, Illinois
Jr., P, Avondale Estates, Ga./St. Pius X
• Factored in the decision in all three Illinois victories over Penn State last weekend, posting two wins and a save
• Earned complete-game victories in Games 1 and 3, scattering 10 hits and three runs over 14.0 innings of work
• Came on in relief in Game 2, pitching three innings of hitless ball to earn the save, and finished the series with a 1.24 ERA
• Wins her second Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor in as many weeks
• Last Illinois Pitcher of the Week: Pepper Gay (April 30, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Amy Letourneau, Northwestern
P/DP, Laguna Nigel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic
• Drove in seven runs and earned a win on the mound against Michigan State
• In the first game of a doubleheader, went 3-for-4 from the plate with a home run, two doubles, and seven RBI
• Went to the circle for Game 2 of the twinbill, where she pitched a complete-game four-hitter for the victory
• Wins her first conference award
• Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Marisa Bast (April 25, 2012)