May 16, 2012
2012 All-Big Ten Softball Teams
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Four Wildcats have earned All-Big Ten honors in 2012 as voted on by the conference coaches and announced today (May 16) by the Big Ten office. Sophomore Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) was selected as the first-team third baseman while senior Adrienne Monka (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) at first base, junior Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) at shortstop and freshman Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) at utility player were chosen for second-team honors.
Northwestern has had at least four players chosen for All-Big Ten awards in each of the last 10 seasons. All-Big Ten voting is based solely on performance during conference play.
One season after winning a second-team honor as a freshman, Bast stepped up to the first team by leading the league in RBIs with 33 this season -- two shy of the all-time conference record in Big Ten play. She also led the B1G in slugging (.781) and home runs (6) while finishing second in runs scored (24) and third in batting (.422) and on-base percentage (.552).
Monka is a four-time All-Big Ten winner with her second-team award in 2012. She finished second in the conference in RBIs to teammate Bast with 28 while matching Bast's league-best home run total with six. Overall she batted .308 in Big Ten play this year with a .646 slugging percentage, winning two Big Ten Player of the Week awards after NU's series wins against Ohio State and Michigan State.
Allard now has won All-Big Ten accolades in all three of her collegiate seasons after a second-team choice in 2010 and a first-team nod in 2011. Allard led the Big Ten in steals for the third-straight year, besting her own mark of 17 set in both 2010 and 2011 with 18 this season, the third-best total in Big Ten single-season history and double the number of steals any other conference player had in 2012. Allard batted .379 with 20 runs scored in NU's 24 Big Ten games.
Letourneau's first-career All-Big Ten award comes after she batted .348 in conference play, clubbing five home runs and driving in 18 while starting 16 games. She also earned a 5-3 record in the circle, achieving a few notable pitching highlights during the season led by an 8.0-inning hitless, scoreless steak spanning both games of a doubleheader against Iowa on April 7.
Northwestern's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree is sophomore Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire), whose hard-nosed play in left field and determination in the box both set an example for her teammates and contributed to NU's late-season domination en route to an NCAA bid. Despite batting "just" .278 in league play, Majam scored four more runs than any other conference player this year with 28, achieving that feat with only 20 hits by reaching base in a myriad of other ways for a .404 on-base percentage.
Be the first to know what's going on with the 'Cats -- Follow @NU_Sports on Twitter, become a fan of Northwestern Athletics on Facebook! and subscribe to the NU Sports Express e-newsletter to receive the latest news, schedule updates and video and to interact with NU. For more information on following specific Northwestern teams online, visit our Social Media page!