COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second time in as many weeks, designated player Avery Clark was recognized by the Big Ten and has been named Co-Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
The Prospect, Ohio, native had another weekend of powerful hitting as she batted. .500 and slugged 1.250 through four games at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Raleigh, N.C. She also added six hits, four RBI, three runs and three homers to the stat sheet.
To open the tournament, Clark went yard on a solo home run against NC State. Her bat stayed hot when the Buckeyes faced Notre Dame as she went 2-for-3 at the plate. In a rematch with the Wolfpack, she hit back-to-back home runs in consecutive at-bats. Clark’s solo dinger in the second inning and two-run homer in the third made her the first Buckeye since April 21, 2019 to hit home runs in consecutive at-bats. She is also the first freshman since May 18, 2019 to have two home runs in a game.
With eight games under her belt, Clark leads Ohio State with a .522 batting average, 1.043 slugging rate and .560 on-base percentage. She has tallied 24 total bases, 12 hits, seven RBI, four home runs and four runs scored. The rookie has six games with two hits and two outings with multiple RBI. Clark was also selected as the league’s freshman of the week on Feb. 10.