Northwestern will enter 2013 Big Ten Tournament as No. 5 seed, play at 11:30 a.m. CT Thursday, May 9, in opening round
Drohan on Barnes:Gretchen will be the heart of our lineup this year with her tremendous power and ability to drive in runs. I am counting on her versatility and experience to lead our infield this year.
2001: Academic All-Big Ten Played and started in all 45 games Fourth on squad in batting with a .256 average Led team in walks with 20 Second on team in home runs (3), RBI (20) and total bases (48) Third in runs scored (19), hits (33) and doubles (6) Had six multi-hit games, including three 3-for-4 efforts Hit two home runs against Minnesota Had a .912 fielding percentage Stole a career-high 12 bases in 15 attempts Batted .571 with bases loaded (4-of-7) Currently ranks fifth all-time on the home run list (13) and sixth in slugging (.413).
2000: Academic All-Big Ten Played and started in 44 games with a batting average of .233 in 120 at-bats Was second on the team in home runs (5) and putouts (250) Fourth on the team in doubles (7) and slugging percentage (.433) Stole five bases Gathered a .979 fielding percentage Had an RBI single in her first at-bat back from a two-game absence with a hand injury in tournament win over Wisconsin Had hits in six straight at-bats in games against Northern Illinois and Illinois-Chicago Hit two home runs and had career-high five RBI against Illinois-Chicago.
1999: One of three players to start all 61 games Second on the team with five home runs Had 10 multi-hit games Went 4-for-8 with a home run in the series against Michigan Went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI against national runner-up Washington Drove in four runs in the Wisconsin series Added six stolen bases in eight attempts.
High School: Three-time first team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune Named Illinois Times Player of the Year her junior year, and All-Area Player of the Year by Star Newspapers her junior and senior
years Named NFCA Louisville Slugger High School All-American Three-time all-conference performer Batted .541 with 10 home runs and 54 RBI her junior year while going 17-6 with a 0.91 ERA as a pitcher Posted a .555 batting average her senior year and compiled a 17-2 record with a 0.92 ERA in the circle.
Personal: Born Gretchen Asher Barnes on 12/10/79 Daughter of Robert and Sally Barnes Member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board Psychology major.