March 24, 2014
DEKALB, Ill. - For the third straight week, a Northern Illinois University softball player was named Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week as Shelby Miller took home this week's honor the league announced today.
Miller didn't let sub-zero temperatures keep her from performing red-hot at the plate in a doubleheader against Iowa State Sunday. The senior shortstop went 5-for-6 at the plate (.800 Avg.), slugged 1.667, tallied four RBIs, and scored three runs in two games against the Big 12 foe. She hit for 10 total bases against the Cyclones, including one home run and two doubles.
The Ottawa, Kan. native was the catalyst in the Huskie offense in their 15-6 win in the opener against Iowa State, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. In Game Two, a narrow 6-5 loss, Miller went a perfect 3-for-3 including a walk, two RBIs and a run scored. With the Huskies trailing 5-3 in the top of the seventh, she launched a two-run homer to send the game into extra innings.
Miller joins Kayti Grable (Santee, Calif.), Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins), and pitcher Jessica Sturm (Wichita, Kan./Goddard) as the Huskies who have earned weekly league honors this season. Grable was named MAC West Player of the Week Mar. 17, while Gremillion earned the same honor Mar. 10. Sturm picked up MAC West Pitcher of the Week honors Feb. 24 for her performance in the Citrus Classic.
NIU returns to the diamond Mar. 26 when the Huskies play host to Northwestern at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at NIUHuskies.com.