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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 2/26/2024, Last updated: 2/27/2024
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Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State Claim Big Ten Softball Weekly Awards

Huskers’ Andrews, Cats’ Miller and Nittany Lions’ Nemeth earn weekly accolades

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Player of the Week 

Billie Andrews, Nebraska  

Sr. – SS – Gretna, Neb. – Gretna – Major: Graphic Design 

  • Hit .619 with 13 hits, five extra-base hits, four home runs, eight runs and six RBI in five games at the Mary Nutter Classic 

  • Led the 30-team tournament in slugging (1.238), hits (13), home runs (4) and total bases (26) 

  • Averaged 2.6 hits per game, 1.0 extra-base hits per game, 0.8 home runs per game, 1.6 runs per game and 1.2 RBI per game  

  • Recorded a hit in all five games, with multiple hits in four of the five games, tying her career-high in hits with a 4-for-4 outing against No. 20 Utah 

  • Tied her career best with two home runs as part of a 3-for-5 day against No. 19 UCLA, marking her seventh career multi-home-run game to tie a Nebraska record 

  • Earns her seventh career Player of the Week honor 

  • Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Sydney Gray (Feb. 19, 2024)  

Pitcher of the Week 

Ashley Miller, Northwestern 

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

  • Appeared in all four games for Northwestern at the Mary Nutter Classic, making two starts  

  • Allowed one run in 17.0 innings pitched (0.41 ERA) and held opposing batters to a .143 batting average 

  • Surrendered four hits and one run while striking out six in a 1-0 loss to No. 19 UCLA on Friday  

  • Picked up her third save of the season in a 9-8 win over San Diego on Saturday  

  • Tossed a one-hit shutout against Oregon State on Sunday, striking out nine en route to her second complete game shutout of the season 

  • Carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning against Oregon State, retiring 21 of 23 batters faced 

  • Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Lauren Boyd (March 28, 2023) 

Freshman of the Week 

Bridget Nemeth, Penn State  

RHP – Glendora, Calif. – Glendora – Major: Agribusiness Management 

  • Led the Nittany Lions in innings pitched with 16.0 throughout three games played, tossing a complete game in her lone start of the weekend 

  • Allowed just one earned run across the 16 innings, for an ERA of 0.44 

  • Yielded a .197 opponent batting average, striking out 24 batters with three walks  

  • Earned the victory in all three mound appearances, bringing her individual record to 8-0 on the season 

  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Paige Maynard (Feb. 20, 2023)  

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