Feb. 20, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sophomore outfielder Lindsey Rains was named Big Ten Player of the Week for her efforts at the Lobo Classic in Albuquerque, N.M., last weekend. The Fullerton, Calif., native hit .556 to pace the Boilermakers as they got off to a perfect 4-0 start to the 2012 season.
Rains went 5-for-9 at the plate, while driving in five RBI, scoring five runs and tallying three stolen bases and a home run. The sophomore reached base in 10 of her 14 plate appearances, including three walks and two hit by pitches. She managed a .889 slugging percentage and a .714 on-base percentage. She reached base in all four of the team's games, including two multi-hit efforts.
In the season opener vs. Bryant, Rains went 1-for-1 with two walks, two runs and an RBI, while scoring the game winner. She picked up another run and RBI with a pair of hits against Northern Colorado. A walk and a hit by pitch put her on base against Central Arkansas. She capped the weekend with a 2-for-3 effort in the Lobo Classic finale against New Mexico, including a two-run home run in the first inning and the game-tying RBI in the fourth. Defensively, she also made good on all four chances in the outfield.
This is the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor for Rains and the first for a Boilermaker player since Andie Varsho was so honored on March 14, 2011.
The Boilermakers (4-0) return to action on Friday, when they take on Belmont and UT-Martin at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn.