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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 4/8/2024, Last updated: 4/8/2024
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Indiana, Rutgers, Northwestern and Penn State Earn Big Ten Softball Weekly Awards

Hoosiers’ Stone, Scarlet Knights’ Boyd, Wildcats’ Cunnea and Nittany Lions’ Nemeth claim weekly honors

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Player of the Week

Sarah Stone, Indiana 

Jr. – IF – Bedford, Ind. – Bedford North Lawrence High School – Major: Liberal Studies  

  • Helped lead Indiana to a 3-0 series sweep over Michigan State  

  • Hit .600 for the weekend with five RBI, two home runs, scoring five runs and tallying two walks and a stolen base  

  • In the Friday win against the Spartans (6-2 F/8), Stone went 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBI and two home runs. Her second home run of the game was a three-run go-ahead homer to put Indiana up 4-1 in the top of the eighth inning  

  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Cora Bassett (May 1, 2023) 

Pitcher of the Week

Mattie Boyd, Rutgers 

Gr. – RHP – Sachse, Texas – Sachse – Major: Master’s Digital Marketing 

  • Held a 1.17 ERA in 12.0 innings pitched, earning complete game victories on both Saturday and Sunday to help lead the Scarlet Knights to their first-ever series win over Wisconsin 

  • Fanned 16 batter and allowed just two runs on four hits, keeping Wisconsin to a .103 batting average  

  • Allowed one run and two hits while striking out five in Rutgers’ 12-1 run-rule win over the Badgers  

  • Followed up that performance with her 12th complete game of the season in Rutgers’ 4-1 win to improve to 13-6 inside the circle behind 10 strikeouts, one shy of her career high  

  • On the year, Boyd has tossed a conference-leading 121.1 innings across 24 apperances with a 2.54 ERA 

  • Last Rutgers Pitcher of the Week: Alyssa Landrith (March 30, 2015) 

Co-Fresman of the Week

Izzy Cunnea, Northwestern 

OF – Oak Lawn, Ill. – Marist – Major: Undeclared  

  • Hit .375 with an extra-base hit in each of Northwestern’s three games as the Wildcats swept Michigan in a weekend series  

  • Led the Wildcats with two runs, five RBI and a 1.250 slugging percentage on the week 

  • Hit her first career home run in the third inning of Friday’s 9-1 run-rule victory 

  • Homered for a second consecutive game, hitting a first inning grand slam in an eventual 8-5 victory for Northwestern in Saturday’s doubleheader 

  • Went 1-for-3 with a double in the sixth inning in a 5-4 win in the second game of the DH 

  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Kansas Robinson (April 10, 2023) 

Co-Freshman of the Week 

Bridget Nemeth, Penn State 

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

  • Earned a pair of complete-game victories en route to Penn State’s third straight Big Ten series win over Nebraska on the road  

  • Tossed 17.0 innings combined, including a complete seven-inning game in Friday’s series opener and a 10-inning game in the series clincher on Sunday  

  • Scattered 12 hits and yielded five earned runs for a weekend ERA of 2.06, totaling 18 strikeouts with three walks for an opponent batting average of .188 

  • Tallied a career-best 14 strikeouts in the series finale at Nebraska, helping lead the Nittany Lions to their best start to Big Ten play since 2016  

  • Logged a 2-0 individual record, improving her conference-leading record to 17-1 on the season 

  • At the plate, Nemeth recorded her first hit, home run, RBI and run scored all in one swing with a two-run shot to center field which forced extras to lead Penn State to a 6-5 victory  

  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Bridget Nemeth (March 26, 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