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Apr 15 Wisconsin Mueller records 18 RBI for Player of the Week

April 15, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

Wisconsin’s Mueller records 18 RBI to earn USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week

OKLAHOMA CITY — The University of Wisconsin’s Michelle Mueller (LaCrosse, Wis.) knocked in 18 RBI and recorded a .600 batting average this past weekend to earn the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week award.  A senior third basemen, she had a career week for the Badger softball team, helping the Badgers go 5-0 at home. 

“I'm so honored,” Mueller said. “It's something that would not have been possible if it weren't for my teammates. Their ability to get on base and to create chaos offensively gave me a great opportunity to be successful. Without them I wouldn't be getting this award. I'm so thankful to be surrounded by great teammates and a fantastic coaching staff.”

Mueller hit four home runs, two doubles, collected 18 RBI and hit .600. She also tallied an on base percentage of .588 during the week and a slugging percentage of 1.533.

In UW’s 17-1 win over North Dakota in the second game of their doubleheader, Mueller hit a grand slam, the first of her career, and also recorded seven RBI as the Badgers tied a school record with 17 runs in a single game.

Mueller continued her hot streak into Wisconsin’s second game of a doubleheader versus Illinois, as the senior hit three consecutive home runs and collected eight RBI, setting a Wisconsin record for most RBI in a single contest. Mueller's three consecutive home runs are tied for the second-most in NCAA history, and her three home runs in a single game tied the school record.

“We are so proud of Michelle,” said Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy.  “It is a big honor for the university and the softball program. She is a great Wisconsin kid that has grown into an amazing player within our program. To do this at the national level for a player like her means a lot to our program. It shows that we can compete on a national level with some great players from across the country but especially with our homegrown Wisconsin kids.”

2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week

Week 1 (Feb. 6-9): Kylee Lahners – Washington – Junior – Infielder– Laguna Hills, Calif.

Week 2 (Feb. 10 -16): Aimee Creger – Tulsa – Senior – Pitcher– Yukon, Okla.

Week 3 (Feb. 17-23): Ally Carda – UCLA – Junior – Pitcher – Elk Grove, Calif.

Week 4 (Feb. 24 – March 2): Cheridan Hawkins – Oregon – Sophomore – Anderson, Calif.

Week 5 (March 3-9): Dallas Escobedo – Arizona State – Senior – Pitcher– Glendale, Ariz.

Week 6 (March 10-16): Alex Hugo – Georgia – Sophomore – Infielder – Olathe, Kan.

Week 7 (March 17-23): Jaclyn Traina – Alabama – Senior – Pitcher – Naples, Fla.

Week 8 (March 24 – 30): Ellen Renfroe – Tennessee – Senior – Pitcher – Jackson, Tenn.

Week 9 (March 31 – April 6): Katiyana Mauga – Arizona – Freshman – Outfielder – San Diego, Calif.

Week 10 (April 7 – 13): Michelle Mueller – Wisconsin – Senior –Third Base – LaCrosse, Wis.

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