Allie Bauch Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Allie Bauch hits .412 with six RBI, four runs and two SB as the Illini went 5-0 on the week.
Allie Bauch hits .412 with six RBI, four runs and two SB as the Illini went 5-0 on the week.

April 29, 2013

Park Ridge, Ill. – Illinois second baseman Allie Bauch was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week this afternoon after helping to lead the Illini to a perfect 5-0 week on the road in conference play. She is the second Illini in as many weeks to earn a weekly honor, following sophomore Shelese Arnold, who picked up Illinois’ first weekly honor on April 22 when she was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week. Teammate Jess Perkins was the last Illini to win Big Ten Freshman of the Week, doing so on April 30, 2012.

Bauch hit .412 with a double, six RBI, four runs and two stolen bases over five games this past week. The first-year player started all five games as the designated player, then moved to second base in the middle innings when Katie Repole would replace 2B Jami Schkade in the lineup for offensive purposes. The Hoffman Estates, Ill., native had two hits, an RBI and scored twice in the doubleheader sweep at Iowa on Tuesday.  She stole a base and scored in the first game of the Michigan State series, then went 3-for-3 with three RBI in game two. She finished out the weekend hitting 2-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBI in the series finale.

Michigan’s Lauren Sweet and Nebraska’s Tatum Edwards also garnered weekly awards from the Big Ten on Monday. Sweet hit .857 in a three-game series against Nebraska, finishing with six RBI and two runs while combining for a 2.757 OPS.

Edwards posted a pair of victories over Michigan, the first two conference losses for the Wolverines this season, with a 1.91 ERA. The junior allowed just two hits and a run in a complete-game victory in the series opener, then tossed three hitless innings of relief to capture the win in the finale.

The Illini close out the 2013 regular season this week. Illinois travels to Southern Illinois at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, then returns home to host a three-game series with Ohio State this weekend.