In one of the most impressive series in program history, University of Evansville freshman Marah Wood helped the Purple Aces to a 5-1 mark over the course of six games last week and was recognized with her second-consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week award.
Wood batted an unreal .900 in UE’s home-opening series against Purdue Fort Wayne. She was 9-for-10 with three home runs, 11 RBI, 5 walks, 7 runs scored and a .933 on-base percentage versus the Mastodons. Evansville opened the week with a doubleheader sweep at Bellarmine where Wood drew two walks.
When the Aces headed home to Cooper Stadium, Wood made an immediate impact. In the 4-game series against the Mastodons, Wood reached base in each of her first 11 plate appearances through three games and did so in 14 out of 15 trips to the plate over the entirety of the series. The opener Saw her go a perfect 4-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Saturday’s second contest saw her record the first grand slam of her career, going 2-2 with six RBI, two walks and two runs. Sunday’s opener saw her add another perfect day, belting two home runs to go along with three RBI and two walks.
The fourth contest of the weekend began with a groundout, but she rebounded to go 1-2 with another run scored while adding two more walks. For the week, Wood batted .563 with nine hits, seven runs scored and seven walks, leading to an on-base percentage of .696. Wood recorded three home runs and 11 RBI while slugging 1.188.