April 3, 2017

Emily Clark Named Big Ten Player of the Week


April 3, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Emily Clark, a sophomore on the Ohio State softball team, has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference announced today. It is the second straight week a Buckeye has claimed the award, after Lilli Piper won it last Monday.

Clark put up eye-popping numbers in four Ohio State wins last week. Consider:
• Hit .875 (7-for-8) with two home runs, one double, 11 RBI and seven runs scored.
• On-base percentage of .917 and slugging of 1.750.
• Successfully reached base in 10 straight plate appearances to finish the week.
• Went 2-for-3 with a career-high five RBI, a two-run double and three-run home run against Wright State on Wednesday.
• Three days later, went 2-for-2 with a grand slam and five RBI in a 12-2 win over Rutgers.
• Had a 1.000 fielding percentage with 11 putouts and nine assists while playing both second base and catcher.

Adied by Clark’s big week, Ohio State extended its winning streak to eight straight games with four run-rule victories. On the season, Clark is hitting .333 with 33 RBI, 17 runs scored, a team-best seven doubles and five home runs. In Big Ten-only games, she ranks third in conference in runs scored (10), fourth in RBI (10) and 12th in hits (eight).

Overall, Ohio State’s offense is fifth in the league with a .314 team batting average as seven different players with at least 50 at-bats are hitting .300 or better. The Buckeyes also lead the conference with 37 home runs.

Winners of 15 of their last 16 games, Ohio State is back in action this weekend when it hosts No. 20 Michigan for a three-game series at Buckeye Field beginning on Friday (6 p.m.). The series will continue with a 2 p.m. game on Saturday and 1 p.m. finale on Sunday.