Padove Named IU's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree
May 11, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore second baseman Sarah Padove was named Indiana's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree, the league office announced Thursday, May 10.
Padove was the Hoosiers' third-leading hitter on the season with a .284 batting average. The Hammond, Ind., native played in 40 games on the year, starting 38, and had the fewest strikeouts on the team among regular players. Padove had a stellar second half of the season, hitting .314 in Big Ten games to lead Indiana. She also had a team-leading .364 on-base percentage in league play.
More impressive is that Padove turned her season around after breaking her nose in March, requiring her to wear a mask in the field for the remainder of the year. After missing IU's last 10 non-conference games before entering Big Ten play, Padove hit a team-best .324 over Indiana's final 25 games to raise her season average 55 points.
Padove set career bests this season in batting average, on-base percentage (.320), hits (33), doubles (seven) and slugging percentage (.345). She also equaled her career high in runs scored with eight.
"Sarah demonstrates poise, pride, and loyalty to the IU softball program and to the game of softball," Indiana head coach Stacey Phillips said. "She represents what it means to compete at this level and shows respect to her teammates, coaches, opponents and officials."
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