Who took home softball laurels?

The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for March 26-April 1 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

Player of the Week: Evelyn Carrillo, Ohio State, So., 1B, Corona, Calif./Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Hit .917 in Ohio State’s three-game sweep of Michigan State over the weekend, combining for an OPS of 2.167
  • Was 11-for-12 during the three-game set, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate in Games 2 and 3 of the series
  • Drove in eight runs, including a career-high six RBI in the opening game of the series, and scored three more on the weekend
  • Wins her first career conference accolade
  • Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Alicia Herron (March 19, 2012)

Co-Pitcher of the Week: Melanie Nichols, Ohio State, So., P, San Jacinto, Calif./San Jacinto

  • Earned two wins and a save last week in three appearances, finishing with a spotless ERA
  • Earned the win in a midweek tilt against Wright State, striking out three against just five hits
  • Pitched a complete-game against the Spartans in Game 2 of the set, before coming on in relief for a three-inning save in the finale, combining for just six hits in eight innings of work against MSU
  • Wins her first weekly honor
  • Last Ohio State Pitcher of the Week: Kim Reeder (April 20, 2009)

Co-Pitcher and Co-Freshman of the Week: Lexy Moore, Purdue, Fr., P, St. Peters, Mo./Fort Zumwalt South

  • Surrendered just one earned run in 14.0 innings, an 0.50 ERA, and issued just one walk in earning two victories over Penn State this weekend
  • In Game 1, went the distance against the Nittany Lions, allowing just one run and striking out three
  • In the series finale, she surrendered just two hits over seven innings of work to clinch her third victory of the week, following a midweek triumph over Valparaiso
  • Wins her first Pitcher of the Week and first Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Purdue Pitcher of the Week: Suzie Rzegocki (Feb. 28, 2011)
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Andie Varsho (April 18, 2011)

Co-Freshman of the Week: Kaitlyn Richardson, Minnesota, IF, Phoenix, Ariz./Sandra Day O’Connor

  • Drove in six runs on the strength of two home runs and two doubles to help Minnesota to a series win over Nebraska
  • Scored at least two runs in each game of the series, while driving in three each in Games 1 and 2 against the Huskers
  • Recorded four hits in the series opener, finishing with a .500 batting average on the week for an OPS of 1.758.
  • Takes home her third weekly award of the season
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Kaitlyn Richardson (March 12, 2012)
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