COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the third time this season, junior shortstop Lilli Piper is the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.
Piper helped Ohio State sweep Rutgers for the third straight year over the weekend behind a .667 batting average, six hits, three runs, three homers and nine RBI. She also had an outstanding 1.778 slugging percentage, .750 on-base percentage, 1.000 fielding percentage, 16 total bases and four extra-base hits. During the series, the Buckeyes outscored the Scarlet Knights, 28-8, out-hit them by a 36-18 margin, had nine home runs and 25 RBI.
The Norton, Ohio native opened the series at Rutgers with a three-run dinger on Friday and drove in a season-high four runs with two hits. She went 2-for-3 on Saturday with an RBI before putting her strength back on display Sunday. She powered a pair of two-run homers, tied her season high with four RBI and added two runs in the series finale. Piper drew three walks on the weekend, two of which were intentional.
Piper currently has 15 games with multiple hits, including six with three hits, and 14 contests with multiple runs batted in. She has reached safely in the last seven outings and is on a three-game hitting streak. Through nine Big Ten games, she is hitting .393 with 11 hits, 11 RBI and a .929 slugging percentage.
Piper appears in multiple categories in the national rankings. She leads the country in home runs per game (0.50) and checks in second with 111 total bases. The junior is third in RBIs per game (1.38), fourth in home runs (16), fifth in slugging percentage (.991) and eighth in runs per game (1.13). Piper has 44 RBI for 13th while standing 30th in batting average (.438) and doubles (12).