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Six Hoosiers pick up Big Ten honors


Freshman Maddie Westmoreland celebrates with the team after scoring a home run in the bottom of the third inning against Illinois-Chicago on March 16. Westmoreland was one of six Hoosiers to earn Big Ten awards on Tuesday. Matt Begala Buy Photos

After finishing third overall in the Big Ten Conference team standings this season, the individual honors came in for IU softball earlier this week.

Junior pitcher Tara Trainer and freshman catcher Maddie Westmoreland were both named first team All-Big Ten. 

In conference play, Trainer had a 1.63 ERA with 113 strikeouts in 107.2 innings pitched. The 113 strikeouts are the second-most in the Big Ten only behind Michigan freshman Meghan Beaubien at 117.

Westmoreland led the Hoosiers with 10 home runs on the season and is batting .329 in Big Ten play. Her 51 RBIs are tied for the second-most in a single season in IU history. It’s the first time since 2011 IU has had multiple first-team selections.

Senior outfielder Rebecca Blitz was named to the second team All-Big Ten for the third consecutive season. Blitz had a Big Ten-leading 23-game hit streak from March 18 to April 28 and has a 28-game reached base streak heading into the Big Ten Tournament. In conference play, she leads the team with a .373 batting average and 28 hits. She was also named to the All-Defensive team after posting a .986 fielding percentage.

Sophomore outfielder Gabbi Jenkins also was named second team All-Big Ten after batting .370 with 27 hits and 22 runs in conference play.

Freshman outfielder Taylor Lambert was named to the All-Freshman Big Ten team with Westmoreland. Lambert has played a major part in IU’s success in conference play, hitting .315 and four home runs at the bottom of the lineup.

Senior infielder Rachel O’Malley also earned IU’s Sportsmanship Award. To qualify for the Sportsmanship Award, players must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Phillip Steinmetz

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