Michelle Mueller became the first Badger to be named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week and USA Softball National Player of the Week.
The La Crosse Logan graduate is coming off a week in which she hit four home runs, collected 18 RBI, and hit .600. That included her first career grand slam. Wisconsin went a perfect 5-0 in those games.
These national awards come one day after being named the Big Ten Softball Player of the Week.
“I'm so honored to receive these awards,” Mueller said in a press release issued by the University of Wisconsin. “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. I'm so thankful to be surrounded by great teammates and a fantastic coaching staff.
“This is something I could have only dreamt of and have been working so hard for the last four years."
“We are so proud of Michelle,” UW head coach Yvette Healy said. “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.”
The Wisconsin softball team returns to action on Wednesday hosting UW-Green Bay in a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. and the games will be televised by the Big Ten Network.