Maryland, Purdue and Rutgers Earn Baseball Weekly Honors
Feb. 19, 2018

Player of the Week
Jacson McGowan, Purdue
1B - Jr. - Brownsburg, Ind. - Brownsburg
  • Helped the Boilermakers to a 3-0 record to open the season, posting a trio of victories over Western Michigan 
  • Homered in all three games of the sweep, becoming the first Boilermaker to homer in three straight games since March 2016 
  • Tallied seven RBI on seven hits and scored four runs while batting .538 on the week
  • Led the Boilermakers with a 1.308 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage 
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Purdue Big Ten Player of the Week: Kyle Wood (March 9, 2015)

Pitcher of the Week
Taylor Bloom, Maryland
P - Sr. - Severna Park, Md. - Riverdale Baptist

  • Shut down Tennessee over seven innings on Friday, tying a career high with nine strikeouts and helping Maryland to a 4-0 victory
  • Scattered six hits and outdueled Volunteer top prospect Zach Lingenfelter
  • Only allowed one Vols batter to advance past second and did not allow an extra base hit
  • Records his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Maryland Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Brian Shaffer (April 17, 2017)

Freshman of the Week
Eric Heatter, Rutgers
LHP - Jamesburg, N.J. - Monroe Township

  • Earned a win in relief in his collegiate debut by pitching four scoreless innings with eight strikeouts to lead the Scarlet Knights to a 7-5 win at No. 24 Miami on Sunday 
  • Struck out the side in both the seventh and eighth, stranding the tying runs on base to end the outing, making him the first Rutgers freshman pitcher with eight strikeouts in his collegiate debut since Bobby Brownlie in 2000
  • Only allowed one walk and three singles, holding the Hurricanes to 1-for-6 with runners on base
  • Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Rutgers Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Milo Freeman (March 23, 2015)

2018 Baseball Players of the Week

Feb. 19
PL: Jacson McGowan, Jr., PUR
P: Taylor Bloom, Sr., MD
F: Eric Heatter, RU