Huddleston Named IU Athlete of the Week for March 18
March 20, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana third baseman Jennilee Huddleston has been named the IU Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 18. The award is selected weekly by the IUHOOSIERS.com staff.
Huddleston hit .485 in nine games on the week, leading the Hoosiers to a 7-2 record over the course of two spring break tournaments. The junior from Peachtree City, Ga., posted an impressive slugging percentage of .939 on the week as IU went 4-0 at the USF Spring Break Tournament to take the tournament title and went 3-2 at the Speedline Invitational to finish second in its bracket.
Huddleston hit safely in eight of IU's nine games, and reached base in all nine, scoring a run in the only game in which she was held without a hit. She is currently riding a six-game hitting streak, her longest of the season. She had multiple hits in six of the nine games on the week, including a pair of three-hit games.
For the week, Huddleston collected a team-best 16 hits in 33 at bats, scoring seven runs. She pounded out three home runs and six doubles, both team highs, and collected 12 RBIs, also a team best. She struck out only twice on the week and scored at least two runs in three games. Huddleston also had an on-base percentage of .485 and a team-leading OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.424. She was perfect in the field, playing flawless defense at third base with 35 total chances, and was in on two double plays.
Perhaps her most impressive performance came against Chattanooga on Sunday, March 18, in the first round of bracket play at the Speedline. With a trip to the bracket championship game on the line, Huddleston hit a pair of home runs to lead Indiana to a 7-1 win over the Lady Mocs, becoming just the fifth player in school history with two longballs in the same game. She finished the contest 2-for-4 with five RBIs against Chattanooga, with her RBI total good for second in school history in a single game.
Huddleston accounted for all of Indiana's offense in a 1-0 win over South Florida, which was ranked earlier in the season, smashing an RBI double that one-hopped the wall in left to score the game's only run. With IU leading 7-1 over Princeton, she hit a walk-off home run against the Tigers, recording a three-run jack in the bottom of the sixth to put the run rule into effect. Huddleston had what would prove to be the game-winning RBI against Quinnipiac, knocking in a run with a single to right, and notched the game-tying RBI against Buffalo and eventually scored what would be the game-winning run. Huddleston had a pair of doubles against Boston University and capped her monster week by going 2-for-3 with a double against Wisconsin on Sunday.
Several other Indiana student-athletes had standout weeks, as Elaine Harris (women's golf), Andrew Means (baseball) and Thomas Richter (men's tennis) were also in consideration for IU Athlete of the Week.
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