The Northern Illinois University softball team swept league player of the week honors as Emily Norton was named Mid-American Conference West Division Pitcher of the Week and Jennifer Barnett was named co-MAC West Player of the Week, the league announced today.
Barnett had a stellar performance from the plate for Northern Illinois, batting an amazing .769 going 10-for-13 from plate, including a home run and a double, drove in six runs and scored a run in five games this week.
Leading the Huskies in batting with a .352 average and in runs batted in with 34, Barnett drove in a run in every game this week and was perfect from the plate in two games. She went 3-for-3, including a double, slugged 1.333 and drove in a pair of runs in NIU’s 3-0 victory over Akron. The senior first baseman was 2-for-2 with an RBI in the 3-2 series finale victory over the Bobcats Sunday.
In the series opener against Ohio on Saturday, the Indianapolis native was 1-for-2 and slugged 2.000 with her only hit a solo home run in the 2-0 win for NIU.
She began the week going 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored against UIC. This is the second player of the week honor this season for Barnett, as she garnered the weekly award Feb. 12.
Norton, who earned her second straight MAC Pitcher of the Week honor, continued her dominance in the circle, going 2-0 and recorded her first save of the season in five appearances last week.
The sophomore hurler allowed 12 hits, walked four and struck out 16. She posted two complete game shutout victories, posting a 3-0 win over Akron on Friday, allowing one hit while striking out seven, and beat scattered five hits in a 2-0 series opening win over Ohio Saturday.
Norton recorded her first save of the season, pitching the final two innings of NIU, 3-2 win over Ohio Sunday. The Oak Forest, Ill. native improved to 11-15 on the season and 8-3 versus league foes and a 3.21 ERA with her performance this past week.
Barnett and Norton join Jessica Sturm (Wichita, Kan./Goddard) in winning the MAC’s weekly honor. The sophomore lefty is also a two-time honoree, garnering pitcher of the week honors Feb. 12 and Feb. 26 earlier this season.
NIU returns to action Wednesday when the Huskies travel to Chicago to take on DePaul. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker.
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