EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State shortstop Lindsey Hansen has been named the Big Ten Softball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is the first of her career and first one for the Spartans this season. Senior Kara Weigle last received the award on March 24, 2008.
The Valparaiso, Fla., native recorded a .667 batting average in two games at the Magic City Classic last week. She led the Spartans in a 10-2 win over Northern Illinois in five innings and a 13-6 victory over Samford, going 4-for-6 at the plate. Hansen scored five runs and notched a team-high five RBIs. She also tallied a triple and two home runs in the wins. In the first game against Northern Illinois, Hansen hit a homer in the second inning to help MSU to an early 8-0 lead. She continued her success in the second game of the day, hitting her team-leading fifth home run of the season in the sixth inning to lead the Spartans in a win over Samford.
In addition, the sophomore posted a .750 on-base percentage, six putouts, three assists and a stolen base. She also led the Spartan infield, turning two double plays.
Hansen has a .317 batting average on the season, recording a team-high five home runs and 34 total bases. She is also 3-for-3 in stolen bases and leads the team with an .829 slugging percentage.
Hansen and the Spartans begin a Spring Break trip on Saturday, March 7 with the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., before traveling to Raleigh for a doubleheader with NC State on March 10. MSU continues action with a game at UNC Wilmington on March 11 and wraps up play with the Coastal Carolina Tournament on March 13-14.