Lindsey Hamma Big Ten Player of the Week

<P>Urbana, Ill. - Illinois senior shortstop Lindsey Hamma has been named Big Ten Player of the Week. Hamma hit .571 in helping Illinois sweep Iowa and secure second place in the Big Ten and the number two seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

Hamma, a native of Wheeling, Ill., and a graduate of Buffalo Grove High School, was 4-for-7 with two runs scored and an RBI for the weekend. She was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Illinois' 5-2 victory on Sunday. She made the play of the day in the field, however. With the Illini up by just one run in the sixth inning and Iowa threatening, Hamma got an Iowa runner caught in a rundown between second and third base, tagged that runner out, then dove to tag out a runner trying to go to second to end the inning.

Hamma leads Illinois in batting this season (.339) and has a .342 career average. She has started every game for Illinois (245) in her career. An Academic All-Big Ten selection, Hamma was a First Team All-Big Ten and First Team All-Great Lakes Region selection in 2002. In conference games,she ranks sixth in runs scored (11), 13th in hits (19), 13th in batting (.311), and 15th in on-base pct. (.391) in the Big Ten.

Illinois finished the regular season with a 39-18-1 record and its best Big Ten season in terms of both wins (14) and place (2) in the league. The second-seeded Illini will play No. 7 Penn State at 4 p.m. CST in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament this weekend.

Story and Photo provided by the U of I SID office

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