COLUMBUS, Ohio – After helping the Ohio State softball team to a 4-0 week, senior shortstop Lilli Piper was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. With the fifth Player of the Week honor of her career, she ties for third-most in conference history and Sam Marder ’10 for the most ever by a Buckeye.
Piper batted .700 and slugged 1.7000 with nine runs, seven hits, five RBI, three home runs, seven walks and 17 total bases as the Buckeyes extended their win streak to five games. It began last Tuesday against in-state foe Ohio, where she scored a run, stole a base and walked a career-high three times.
The Norton, Ohio native heated up offensively as Ohio State swept its series versus Michigan State for the second straight year. Over three games, Piper had a .778 batting average, 1.889 slugging clip, .846 on-base percentage and 1.000 fielding rate. She connected on a home run in every game, bringing her season total to seven. As a team, the Buckeyes outscored the Spartans, 29-9, and out-hit them by a 39-14 margin.
In Friday’s 15-6 run-rule win, Piper scored four runs and walked three times, both of which tied her career highs. The four runs were just one shy of the Big Ten single-game record. When the teams met on Saturday, she tallied two hits, two runs, one RBI and an intentional walk. She put the Buckeyes on the board with a solo homer in the top of the first. It was another career day on Sunday when Piper went 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. It was her second time this season and third of her career that she had racked up a career-high four hits in a game.
Piper currently paces the team with 16 multi-hit outings, including eight with at least three hits. Through 17 Big Ten games, she leads the competition with a .556 batting average, .647 on-base percentage and 30 hits. Piper also ranks in the top 10 in the league standings in slugging percentage (.889), runs scored (21), RBI (17), home runs (5), total bases (48) and walks (14).