Minnesota and Purdue Earn Weekly Softball Awards
May 7, 2018


Player of the Week
Maddie Houlihan, Minnesota
OF – Jr. – Plymouth, Minn. – Benilde St. Margaret’s

• Batted .500 with a .500 on-base percentage and an .889 slugging percentage last week, registering two home runs, 11 RBI and five runs scored to help Minnesota to four wins in five games
• Hit a home run and had a season-high four RBI in the nightcap of a May 1 doubleheader sweep of North Dakota State
• Added two hits and two RBI in each of the Golden Gophers’ final two games last weekend (both wins over Big Ten foe Penn State), including a two-run home run in Sunday’s series finale
• Earns her second career Player of the Week honor
• Last Minnesota Player of the Week: MaKenna Partain (April 30, 2018)

Pitcher and Freshman of the Week
Sydney Bates, Purdue
RHP – Fr. – Davie, Fla. – Western

• Went 3-0 with three complete-game performances, including two shutouts, and a 0.37 ERA in the circle last week, adding 11 strikeouts in 19 innings of action to spark Purdue to a Big Ten sweep at Iowa
• Became the first Boilermaker pitcher ever to earn a victory in all three games of a conference series, and the first Purdue hurler to throw back-to-back shutouts against a Big Ten opponent on consecutive days
• Did not allow a run over her final 18 innings of the series, scattering seven hits in a five-inning shutout win on Saturday and tossing a three-hit shutout on Sunday
• Earns her first career Pitcher of the Week honor
• Last Purdue Pitcher of the Week: Lilly Fecho (April 25, 2016)
• Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Lauren Stewart (April 25, 2016)

2018 Big Ten Players of the Week
Feb. 12
PL: Dani Wagner, Sr., MINN
PL: Tristen Edwards, So., NEB
P: Shelby McCombs, Sr., OSU
F: Meghan Beaubien, MICH
F: Niki Carver, OSU

Feb. 19
PL: Tristen Edwards, So., NEB
P: Meghan Beaubien, Fr., MICH
F: Meghan Beaubien, MICH

Feb. 26
PL: Lilli Piper, Jr., OSU
P: Meghan Beaubien, Fr., MICH
F: Meghan Beaubien, MICH

March 5
PL: Faith Canfield, Jr., MICH
P: Emily Oestreich, Jr., ILL
F: Rachel Lewis, NU

March 12
PL: Rachel Lewis, Fr., NU
P: Allison Doocy, So., IOWA
P: Meghan Beaubien, Fr., MICH
F: Kenna Wilkey, NU

March 19
PL: Lilli Piper, Jr., OSU
P: Sarah Schaefer, Fr., MICH
F: Bella Loya, ILL
F: Sarah Schaefer, MICH

March 26
PL: Maddie Westmoreland, Fr., IND
P: Tara Trainer, Jr., IND
F: Maddie Westmoreland, IND

April 2
PL: Tera Blanco, Sr., MICH
P: Meghan Beaubien, MICH
F: Meghan Beaubien, MICH
F: Rachel Lewis, NU

April 9
PL: Lilli Piper, Jr., OSU
P: Allison Doocy, So., IOWA
F: Lou Allan, MICH

April 16
PL: Marissa Panko, Sr., NU
P: Amber Fiser, So., MINN
F: Meghan Beaubien, MICH

April 23
PL: Maddie Westmoreland, Fr., IND
P: Tara Trainer, Jr., IND
P: Amber Fiser, So., MINN
F: Maddie Westmoreland, IND

April 30
PL: MaKenna Partain, So., MINN
PL: Kelsey Jenkins, Sr., WIS
P: Amber Fiser, So., MINN
F: Niki Carver, OSU

May 7
PL: Maddie Houlihan, Jr., MINN
P: Sydney Bates, Fr., PUR
F: Sydney Bates, PUR