March 19, 2018

Piper Tabbed as B1G Player of the Week


COLUMBUS, Ohio – California was good to junior shortstop Lilli Piper, who earned her second Big Ten Player of the Week accolade of the season, the conference announced on Monday.

Piper started all seven games last week and led the team in nearly every category with a .565 batting average, 13 hits, nine RBI, eight runs, three homers, 1.043 slugging percentage, .577 on-base percentage and 1.000 fielding percentage. She had at least one hit in six games and added four multi-RBI games. During a three-game stretch, she was a perfect 9-for-9 with five runs, five RBI, two doubles and a home run.

The Norton, Ohio native went the distance three times, starting with a two-run homer in the second game at Loyola Marymount. She followed it up on a three-run shot against Grand Canyon before drilling another two-run home run versus CSUN. Piper is responsible for 12 of Ohio State’s 29 home runs this season.

Piper ranks in the top 5 nationally in multiple categories. She is fourth in home runs (12) while standing fifth in RBIs per game (1.43), runs per game (1.26), slugging percentage (1.012) and total bases (85). She is also 15th with 33 RBI and 35th in batting average (.452). Each of the marks also leads the team and Big Ten. Piper currently has 11 games with multiple hits and 12 outings with multiple runs batted in.