March 18, 2014
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Senior Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) of the No. 6-ranked University of Michigan softball team was named the Big Ten Player of the Week by the conference office today (Tuesday, March 18) for her powerful weekend at the Class Act Federal Credit Union Classic in Louisville, Ky. This is the first weekly honor of Hasselbach's career.
The senior batted .667 (6-for-9) with six runs batted in and helped the Wolverines compile a perfect 3-0 record. Three of her six hits were for extra bases, including a home run against Louisville (March 15).
Hasselbach started the weekend with a bang, driving in three runs with a double in the first inning against Kent State (March 15). She added two more RBI in the game with a sacrifice fly and another double. The lefty designated player finished the game with a career high five RBI and tied a U-M season high (Sierra Romero, March 5).
Hasselbach collected a hit in each game and slugged 1.222 during the tournament. She also racked up an on-base percentage of .700. One of the interesting stats to come out of the weekend was Hasselbach's batting with two outs: she was a perfect 3-for-3.
The Wolverines have now won six Big Ten weekly honors in the season's first six weeks. The only week the squad did not win an award, U-M had four games rained out.
Player of the Week: Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) Feb. 10, Hasselbach March 18.
Freshman of the Week: Abby Ramirez (Chicago, Ill./Trinity) Feb. 10, Megan Betsa (McDonough, Ga./Union Grove) Feb. 18, Feb. 24
Pitcher of the Week: Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) March 10
The Maize and Blue is scheduled to open up 2014 Big Ten Conference play on Friday (March 21) against Indiana in Ann Arbor, Mich. First pitch for the home opener is slated for 4 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
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