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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 4/22/2024, Last updated: 4/22/2024
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Ohio State, Northwestern, Indiana and Michigan Earn Big Ten Softball Weekly Awards

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Player of the Week 

Kami Kortokrax, Ohio State 

Jr. – SS – Westerville, Ohio  – Bishop Hartley – Major: Communication 

  • Hit .500 with a 1.125 slugging percentage, two home runs, five RBI and four doubles as Ohio State went 6-0 last week with sweeps of Penn State and Maryland  

  • Left Saturday’s game vs. Maryland with an injury, returning to the lineup on Sunday and hit a two-run home run in her first at bat as Ohio State completed the weekend sweep of the Terrapins with a 3-2 win 

  • Went 2-for-3 in Friday’s game with a home run and a double 

  • Had a walk-off double in the seventh inning in a 2-1 win over Penn State to complete a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday 

  • Went 5-for-7 (.714) with three doubles, two RBI and a .750 on-base percentage in two games vs. Penn State on Tuesday  

  • Finished the week with at least one extra base in in four of six games 

  • Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Melina Wilkison (March 20, 2023)

Pitcher of the Week  

Ashley Miller, Northwestern 

Gr. – RHP – Leo, Ind. – Leo – Master’s: Management 

  • Went 3-0 and did not allow an earned run in 18.2 innings pitched, limiting opposing batters to a .148 batting average and striking out 22 batters while allowing just nine hits 

  •  Allowed just three hits (.083 opposing batting average) in 11.2 innings pitched throughout a weekend series at Purdue, striking out 12 batters  

  • Tossed a complete game, allowed just one unearned run and struck out 10 in a 4-1 victory over Illinois on Tuesday  

  • Threw just 65 pitches and allowed one two hits in a 5.0 inning complete game shutout over Purdue on Friday, her fifth shutout on the season  

  • Entered in relief and pitched 6.0 scoreless innings against Purdue on Sunday, allowing one hit and striking out six in a 7-3 extra-inning victory  

  • Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Ashley Miller (April 15, 2024) 

Co-Freshman of the Week 

Alex Cooper, Indiana 

UTIL – Mooresville, Ind. – Mooresville High School  

  • Hit for a .353 average for the week with two home runs and six RBI along with 12 total bases and three walks 

  • In a win over Notre Dame, Cooper his two home runs, including the walk-off grand slam to give Indiana the 5-3 win 

  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Taryn Kern (May 8, 2023) 

Co-Freshman of the Week 

Ella Stephenson, Michigan 

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

  • Led the Wolverines with a .462 batting average (6-for-13) with a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage 

  • Posted three extra-base hits and seven RBI 

  • Recorded two hits and two RBI in the midweek win over Michigan State and tallied a career-high three hits and five RBI in the series finale vs. Nebraska with two triples and the game-ending home run in the sixth inning  

  • First Wolverine player to record two triples in a game since 1998 

  • Earns second-straight Freshman of the Week honor and third of the season 

  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Ella Stephenson (April 15, 2024) 

2024 Big Ten Softball Honorees  

Feb. 12  

PL: Katie Wingert, Gr., RU  

P: Bridget Nemeth, Fr., PSU  

F: Jasmyn Burns, OSU  

Feb. 19   

PL: Britain Beshears, So., MSU  

    Sydney Gray, Sr., NEB  

P: Brianna Copeland, Jr., IND  

F: Jaeya Butler, MSU  

Feb. 26   

PL: Billie Andrews, Sr., NEB  

P: Ashley Miller, Gr., NU  

F: Bridget Nemeth, PSU  

March 4  

PL: Kaitlyn Morrison, R-Sr., PSU  

P: Liv Grey, Gr., MSU  

F: Ashlynn Campbell, PUR 

March 11 

PL: Sydney Gray, Sr., NEB 

P: Courtney Wyche, Gr., MD 

F: Jasmyn Burns, OSU 

March 18 

PL: Billie Andrews, Sr., NEB 

P: Ashley Miller, Gr., NU 

F: Jenissa Conway, MICH 

March 26 

PL: Kansas Robinson, So., NU 

P: Lauren Derkowski, Jr., MICH 

F: Bridget Nemeth, PSU 

April 1  

PL: Jess Oakland, So., MINN 

P: Jalen Adams, So., IOWA 

Courtney Wyche, Gr., MD 

F: Ella Stephenson, MICH 

April 8  

PL: Sarah Stone, Jr., IND 

P: Mattie Boyd, Gr., RU 

F: Izzy Cunnea, NU  

  Bridget Nemeth, PSU 

April 15  

PL: Keke Tholl, Sr., MICH 

    Morgan Smith, Sr., RU 

P: Ashley Miller, Gr., NU 

F: Ella Stephenson, MICH 

April 22  

PL: Kami Kortokrax, Jr., Ohio State 

P: Ashley Miller, Gr., NU 

F: Alex Cooper, IND 

    Ella Stephenson, MICH