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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 2/12/2024, Last updated: 2/13/2024
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Rutgers, Penn State and Ohio State Earn Big Ten Softball Weekly Awards

Scarlet Knights’ Wingert, Nittany Lions’ Nemeth and Buckeyes’ Burns are the first conference honorees of the 2024 season

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Player of the Week 

Katie Wingert, Rutgers 

Gr. – C – Carlisle, Pa. – Cumberland Valley – Master’s: Public Health  

  • Helped Rutgers to a 4-1 opening weekend, hitting .444 with five home runs, going long in four of five games to move into second all-time in Rutgers program history in home runs 

  • Added eight hits, five runs and 10 RBI, boasting a 1.333 slugging percentage in wins over Houston, Colgate and Indiana State 

  • Her three-game streak of home runs marked the second time in her career that she has had at least three consecutive games with home runs 

  • Moved up to fifth all-time in program history with 115 RBI  

  • Earns her first career Player of the Week honor 

  • Last Rutgers Player of the Week: Payton Lincavage (March 28, 2023) 

Pitcher of the Week 

Bridget Nemeth, Penn State 

Fr. – RHP – Glendora, Calif. – Glendora – Major:  

  • Earned a victory as Penn State’s pitcher in four of five games throughout opening weekend, recording a save in the fifth game 

  • Logged a 1.09 ERA in a team-leading 19.1 innings pitched, surrendering just 13 hits and three walks for a WHIP of 0.83, while striking out 14 batters  

  • Helped Penn State top No. 16 Arkansas, appearing in relief in the top of the seventh inning, logging 2.0 innings pitched with three strikeouts, zero walks and zero hits allowed 

  • Penn States’ 5-0 start is just the third 5-0 start in program history and the first instance of 5-0 openings in back-to-back seasons all-time 

  • Last Penn State Pitcher of the Week: Bailey Parshall (March 6, 2023) 

Freshman of the Week?

Jasmyn Burns, Ohio State 

C/UTL – Menifee, Calif. – Murrieta Mesa – Major: Psychology 

  • Hit .412 with three home runs, nine RBI and a 1.000 slugging percentage, as Ohio State won the championship of the Flesberg Invitational at FIU 

  • Had a grand slam and five RBI in a 13-0 five-inning win over Southeast Missouri State 

  • Went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a two-run home run in Sunday’s 7-5 win over FIU. Her home run in the sixth inning would tally the winning runs of the game 

  • Had a .474 on-base percentage for the weekend  

  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Melina Wilkison (April 25, 2022) 

2024 Big Ten Softball Honorees 

Feb. 12 

PL: Katie Wingert, RU 

P: Bridget Nemeth, PSU 

F: Jasmyn Burns, OSU