COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alicia Herron earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors Monday after leading the No. 11-ranked and Big Ten-leading Ohio State softball team to a weekend sweep of 12th-ranked Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. The Cypress, Calif., native tied and broke the all-time Ohio State record for freshman homeruns with two as the Buckeyes defeated the Wildcats 10-1 in five innings Sunday after knocking them off 7-6 Saturday to hand them their first series sweep at Drysdale Field since the 2003 season.
Herron launched a two and three-run blast in back-to-back at-bats, accounting for five of the team’s runs and giving her 11 round-trippers on the year. This breaks the previous record of 10 achieved by then-freshmen Sam Marder in 2007 and Kristine Himes in 2000.
The five-RBI effort came just a day after the rookie shortstop hit a two-run shot in the in the top of the seventh to score what would stand as the winning runs in the Buckeyes’ first half of the sweep over Northwestern.
This is the first conference accolade for Herron and the fifth this season for Ohio State. Kim Reeder has been named the pitcher of the week on three occasions, while Marder earned player of the week recognition once.
The Buckeyes have won seven games in a row and are holding steady at 42-7 on the season and 14-2 in the Big Ten. They face eighth-ranked Michigan, who is tied with Ohio State atop the conference standings, at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a doubleheader that has strong implications on the Big Ten Championship race. Both games will be televised LIVE on the Big Ten Network from Ann Arbor, Mich., with Heather Lyke and Leah Secondo calling the action.