Senior captain batted .857 on the road at No. 18 Illinois

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Courtney Pruner, a senior on the No. 20 Buckeye softball team, was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Monday after proving to be the hardest batter to get out in the Illinois-Ohio State series last weekend. The tri-captain went 6-for-7 with seven RBI and three runs scored in the series split in Champaign, Ill.

It is the first career weekly conference laurel for Pruner and the third for a Buckeye this season.

The Akron, Ohio, native homered twice, including a grand slam in Ohio State’s 10-2 victory Sunday, to up her career mark to 34. The two-time captain, who has had hip surgery twice, also made a critical diving catch in right field in the bottom of the second to limit the Illini to just one run in game two.

With the two home runs last weekend, Courtney Pruner upped her career record to 34. She ranks third in the Buckeye all-time career record book and is just seven shy of tying for second.

With seven RBI vs. Illinois, Pruner took over the team lead with 28 on the season and 144 in her career. Last Saturday, the All-Big Ten selection brought in both Buckeye runs in the 3-2 loss to the Illini to take over the No. 3 spot on the all-time Ohio State RBI list. Pruner also hit the century mark with her 100th walk Saturday.

The Buckeyes play host to Bowling Green Wednesday for a doubleheader starting a 5 p.m. at Buckeye Field. Admission is free of charge.