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Four Indiana softball players earn all-conference honors

Then-freshman outfielder Taylor Minnick celebrates with teammates after scoring a run April 8, 2022. Minnick was awarded second team all-Big Ten and all-freshman team Wednesday.
Then-freshman outfielder Taylor Minnick celebrates with teammates after scoring a run April 8, 2022. Minnick was awarded second team all-Big Ten and all-freshman team Wednesday.

The Indiana softball team received five Big Ten Conference awards on Wednesday, May 11.

Sophomore second baseman and right fielder Cora Bassett was named to the First Team All-Big Ten in her first season at Indiana. Bassett is hitting .401 for the season, making her one of only four Big Ten athletes to be hitting .400 or better. She also holds the program’s doubles record with 19.

This season, Bassett has 61 hits, 13 home runs, 34 runs batted in (RBI), 16 stolen bases, a .783 slugging percentage and a .505 on base percentage. She joins other Hoosier First Team All-Big Ten honorees, including graduated senior left fielder Gabbi Jenkins and sophomore catcher Grace Lorsung, named to the First Team in 2021.

Freshman left fielder Taylor Minnick made the All-Big Ten Second Team and the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. In conference play, she has a .310 batting average, five home runs and 22 RBI in her 23 games played this season.

Freshman pitcher Heather Johnson was also named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. She made her first career start in the circle against then No. 3-ranked Florida State University. In that game, she shut out the Seminoles through five innings and retired 15 of the 20 batters she faced. 

This season, Johnson has a 9-6 record with five complete games, three shutouts and four saves. In the final week of the regular season, she helped Indiana to a 5-0 win at Nebraska, marking the first time that the Huskers had been shut out in conference play this season.

Graduate student third baseman Grayson Radcliffe was selected as Indiana’s honoree for the conference-wide Sportsmanship Award.  This season, Radcliffe came back from a PCL injury and has become a valuable leader for the Hoosiers. Her career numbers include 134 hits, 87 runs, 20 home runs, 52 walks and 41 stolen bases.


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