Penn State, Michigan claim Big Ten softball honors

The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for April 9-15 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

Player of the Week: Kasie Hatfield, Penn State, So., C, Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain

  • Had at least one hit and scored at least one run in every game, recording seven RBI and scoring four times to help Penn State to a series win over Indiana
  • Hit .500 in Games 2 and 3, driving in five on a double and home run in the finale to improve her hitting streak to a career-high six games
  • Recorded two RBI in the series opener before scoring twice in the Game 2 win
  • Wins her first career conference weekly honor
  • Last Penn State Player of the Week: Cassidy Bell (March 28, 2011)

Pitcher of the Week: Haylie Wagner, Michigan, Fr., P, Orange, Calif./El Modena

  • Posted a 0.00 ERA last weekend against Michigan State, recording two wins and a save
  • In 13.2 innings of work, surrendered just four hits and struck out 11
  • Went the distance in Games 1 and 3, giving up two hits in each outing, and came on to pitch 1.2 innings of relief to earn the save in Game 2
  • Wins her fourth Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Haylie Wagner (March 26, 2012)

Freshman of the Week: Sara Driesenga, Michigan, P/DP, Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville

  • Hit .600 and combined for an OPS of 1.914 in the three-game set against Michigan State, also earning the win in Game 2 on the mound
  • Pitched 5.1 scoreless innings, surrendering six hits in the Game 2 victory, where she also went 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI
  • Reached base twice in the series opener, where she scored a run, before hitting a solo home run in her only plate appearance in Game 3
  • Takes home her second weekly award of the season
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Lauren Sweet (March 26, 2012)
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