Kayla Konwent

University of Wisconsin softball player Kayla Konwent, a former Central star, swings at a pitch last season.

A healthy Kayla Konwent continues to mash the softball for the University of Wisconsin.

In a five-game stretch last weekend at the University of South Florida Tournament, the former Central standout led the Badgers in almost every statistical category, and on Monday she was rewarded with the Big Ten Player of the Week award.

Konwent, who missed most of her first two collegiate seasons with a shoulder injury, tallied a team-high 10 hits, two doubles, three home runs, 21 total bases and was twice hit by a pitch.

For the tournament, which saw Wisconsin post a 4-1 record, she hit .625 with a 1.313 slugging percentage.

In three of the Badgers’ five games, Konwent had a hit in every single of her at-bats, including a perfect 3-for-3 effort in a 13-1 win Sunday over Villanova. She also had lead-off home runs in the first inning during the Badgers’ games against Massachusetts and Central Michigan.

Konwent also batted 16 times without a strikeout.

For the season, the former two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year is batting .485 with 33 hits, 29 RBI, eight home runs and 16 extra-base hits.

Wisconsin is off to a red-hot start with a 21-3 overall record in two trips to Texas and one each to North Carolina, Arizona and Florida.

The Badgers, ranked 20th in NCAA Division I, open Big Ten play at Illinois on March 22.

Dan Truttschel