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Minnesota, Iowa, Maryland and Michigan Earn Big Ten Softball Weekly Awards

Minnesota, Iowa, Maryland and Michigan Earn Big Ten Softball Weekly Awards


Player of the Week 

Jess Oakland, Minnesota  

So. – SS – San Jose, Calif. – Saint Francis – Major: Kinesiology 

  • Hit four home runs in Minnesota’s series win vs. Illinois  
  • Broke Minnesota’s single-game record with three home runs in game two of the series 
  • Scored four runs in game three, matching Minnesota’s single game program record 
  • Broke Minnesota’s single-game total bases record with 14 in game two vs. Illinois, a record that has stood since 2002 
  • Led the Gophers at the plate, hitting .800 with six RBI and slugged 2.100 
  • Had seven of Minnesota’s 35 total runs over the weekend, limiting the Illini to five total runs  
  • Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Taylor Krapf (Feb. 27, 2023) 

 

Co-Pitcher of the Week  

Jalen Adams, Iowa 

So. – RHP – Fort Dodge, Iowa – Fort Dodge 

  • Threw first career no-hitter in Friday’s win over Michigan State, marking the 19th no-hitter in Iowa program history  
  • Threw a complete game shutout in Saturday’s second game of a doubleheader, securing the series victory over the Spartans 
  • Held opposing batters to a .152 batting average, allowing zero runs in 14.0 innings of work  
  • Threw her 12th and 13th complete games of the season  
  • Last Iowa Pitcher of the Week: Allison Doocy (May 4, 2021) 

Co-Pitcher of the Week  

Courtney Wyche, Maryland 

Gr. – RHP – Silver Spring, Md. – Montgomery Blair– Master’s: Management 

  • Struck out a career-best 19 batters in Maryland’s 2-0 win in game one of the Terrapins weekend series with Penn State. The 19 strikeouts are the most in the NCAA this season 
  • Pitched the 12th shutout and 43rd complete game of her career, allowing just two hits as part of her 50th win of her career and ninth of the season 
  • On Sunday, Wyche made her third appearance in the series, pitching her second complete game, striking out 17 batters and allowing one run and six hits 
  • Tallied 38 strikeouts and allowed 11 hits and three runs throughout 22.1 innings of work in the series  
  • Last Maryland Pitcher of the Week: Courtney Wyche (March 11, 2024) 

Freshman of the Week 

Ella Stephenson, Michigan 

OF – Algonac, Mich. – Algonac – Major: Movement Science 

  • Posted a .429 batting average (6-for-14) last week with two doubles, two runs and six RBI 
  • Hit two RBI…

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