Cyclone softball receives two Big 12 weekly awards


Emma Hylen throws a pitch in a 17-0 Cyclone loss to the Baylor Lady Bears on April 3, 2016.

Tara Larson

Two Iowa State softball players were honored with Big 12 awards for their performances over the weekend.

Infielder Sami Williams and pitcher Emma Hylen received Big 12 weekly softball awards on Tuesday. This is the first time players from Iowa State have won both Player and Pitcher of the Week awards since 2006.

Williams, a freshman, hit three homeruns and two doubles over the weekend at the Tennessee State Tournament. She helped her team break the school’s record for runs scored in a single game, when they beat Alabama A&M 21-1 on Saturday.

In her 14 at-bats over the weekend, Williams collected 17 bases, stealing two. She currently ranks tied for fifth in all NCAA DI freshmen and has 10 RBIs, ranking her No. 2 in the Big 12. Williams has started every game this season at second base.

Hylen, a sophomore, served the team defensively over the weekend. The team went undefeated in their five games. Hylen did not allow a single earned run in 11.1 innings throughout the weekend. She allowed five hits total in her playing time at the tournament.

Hylen recorded 13 strikeouts in the tournament, with 11 of those being against Alabama A&M during Saturday’s game, a new career high for the pitcher. She recorded two walks during the weekend. The batting average for opposing teams when hitting against Hylen was .119.