staff, March 11, 2012

The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for March 5-11 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

Player of the Week: Molly Spence, Wisconsin, Jr., DP, Wilmette, Ill./New Trier

  • Helped Wisconsin to four wins last week after batting .529 with an OPS of 1.873
  • Reached base in each game of the weekend and had three multi-hit games, including two three-hit games
  • Belted four home runs on the week, including two in the final game of the weekend against Nevada, and finished with 10 RBI
  • Wins her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Jennifer Krueger (May 16, 2011)

Pitcher of the Week: Sara Moulton, Minnesota, So., RHP, Eagan, Minn./Eagan

  • Finished the week with a spotless ERA, allowing just three unearned runs in 22.0 innings last week
  • Hurled her second no-hitter of the season after striking out 14 in a victory over Florida Atlantic
  • Struck out 34 batters, compared to just two walks, and allowed only seven hits in three games
  • Claims her fourth career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor and third this season
  • Last Minnesota Pitcher of the Week: Sara Moulton (Feb. 27, 2012)

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

  • Had three multi-hit games, getting a hit in each at-bat in two of those contests, to finish the week with a .538 average and an OPS of 1.436
  • Scored five runs, drove in three more, and had three doubles as Minnesota won three games last week
  • Was perfect from the plate against Bethune-Cookman (3-for-3) and Boston College (2-for-2)
  • Claims her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week:  Kaitlyn Richardson (March 5, 2012)