Watkins earns second Big Ten honor of season

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 19, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa catcher Liz Watkins on Monday was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Watkins hit .650 with an .800 on-base percentage and a 1.500 slugging percentage on the week as the Hawkeyes went 3-1.

In the team's weekend sweep of Northwestern, Watkins reached base in her first eight at-bats before striking out in her final plate appearance of the series. Watkins was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and three hit by pitches in the first game, an extra-inning 10-8 win for Iowa. The next day, she hit two home runs, a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth. The second homer broke a 7-7 tie and capped off an eight-run fourth inning that came after the Hawkeyes trailed 7-1.

Watkins previously received the honor on March 28.

— by Sam Louwagie

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