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.