During Indiana softball’s three-game series sweep of Michigan April 29-30, two players’ performances on Team 50 stood out amongst the rest of the Big Ten.
Indiana senior utility player Cora Bassett and freshman second baseman Taryn Kern were awarded Big Ten Player of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week, respectively.
Bassett had a batting average of .500 during the series alongside her .538 on-base percentage and .917 slugging percentage. She totaled six hits over the three games with a leadoff home run in Sunday’s series finale alongside a triple.
For the second consecutive week and for the fifth time this season, Kern was awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Week. In the three games against the Wolverines, she had a batting average of .455, a 1.091 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .538.
Kern also launched her 20th and 21st home runs of the season, and she is now tied with Louisville’s Taylor Roby for the NCAA lead. She also continues to lead the Big Ten in a plethora of statistical categories such as slugging percentage, on-base percentage, OPS, RBIs, home runs, walks and hit-by-pitches.
The pair leads Team 50 into its final regular season series beginning Friday against Michigan State at Andy Mohr Field. If the Hoosiers can sweep the Spartans, it would mark the first 40-win season for Indiana since 1994.