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Hanne Stuedemann Named MAC West Player Of The Week

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - After blasting four home runs in Ball State softball's six games last week, sophomore right fielder/designated player Hanne Stuedemann has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week.

   Stuedemann, who picks up MAC West Division Player of the Week accolades for the third time in her career, is the second Ball State player to earn the league's weekly honor this season joining two-time winner Jennifer Gilbert (Feb. 19 and Feb. 26).

   The Cardinals have also claimed a pair of MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week honors with freshmen pitchers Nicole Steinbach (Feb. 19) and Kelsey Schifferdecker (March 5) each earning the award once.

   In helping guide the Cardinals to a 3-3 record over its final week in Florida, Stuedemann reached base safely in all six games, extending her current streak of reaching base safely to a team-best 16 games. She recorded at least one hit in five games and finished the week with a .389 (7-for-18) batting average, four walks and a hit by pitch. Both her seven runs scored and seven hits during the week were team-highs.

   In Ball State's first game at Florida International (March 5), Stuedemann tallied her first home run of the season and also drew a walk. In the nightcap, she added a single and a walk to finish the day 2-for-5 with two walks, two RBI and two runs scored.

   Stuedemann's best outing came in BSU's first game of the FAU Invitational hosted by Florida Atlantic, when she went a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and her second home run of the season in the Cardinals' 7-2 win over Michigan State (March 7). She would score three times in the game, while posting two RBI and adding a walk.

   She extended her streak of reaching base safely by drawing a walk versus Stony Brook (March 8), before adding home runs in games versus Florida A&M (March 8) and Kansas (March 9).

   For the year, Stuedemann is fourth on the squad with a .348 batting average and ranks second in both runs scored (19) and home runs (4). She has reached base safely in 19 of the Cardinals' 20 games this season by tallying hits in 16 games, drawing walks in two games and being hit by a pitch in one.

   Stuedemann and the Ball State softball team returns to action Saturday, when they open play in the Louisville Classic versus Wisconsin (10 a.m.) and North Carolina (3 p.m.).
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