Five Schools Earn First Weekly Awards of 2012 Baseball Season




Feb. 20, 2012

Player of the Week
Josh Dezse, Ohio State
1B/RHP - So. - Powell, Ohio - Olentangy Liberty

• Hit .500 (7-for-14), reached base at a .533 clip and slugged .714 as Ohio State went 2-1 in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge with wins over Seton Hall and Connecticut
• Recorded multiple hits in all three contests, including a 3-for-5 performance against USF in the season-opener
• Combined to drive in five runs and scored four times over the weekend
• Earns his second career Player of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Josh Dezse (May 2, 2011)

Co-Pitcher of the Week
Tony Bucciferro, Michigan State
RHP - Sr. - Joliet, Ill. - Minooka Community

• Tossed six shutout innings to lead Michigan State to an opening day win over nationally ranked St. John's on Friday at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge
• Allowed just one hit and struck out six in the outing, retiring the first 13 batters he faced
• Picked up his 21st career victory, moving into a tie for sixth in program history
• Earns his second career Pitcher of the Week honor
• Last Michigan State Pitcher of the Week: Tony Bucciferro (April 11, 2011)

Lance Breedlove, Purdue
RHP - Sr. - Long Beach, Calif. - Los Alamitos

• Threw seven scoreless innings to lead Purdue to a win over Cincinnati on Saturday in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge
• Struck out 11 batters and allowed just two base hits in the start
• Eleven strikeouts marks a career high and is the highest total by a Purdue pitcher since March of 2010
• Picks up his first career Pitcher of the Week accolade
• Last Purdue Pitcher of the Week: Joe Haase (April 4, 2011)


 

 

Co-Freshman of the Week
John Kravetz, Illinois
RHP - Lansing, Ill. - Mount Carmel

• Threw 6.2 innings of shutout ball to lead Illinois to a win over nationally ranked St. John's in the team's closing game of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge
• Allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out six in a relief appearance
• Entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the first and induced an inning-ending double play with his first pitch
• Earns his first career weekly honor
• Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Thomas Lindauer (March 21, 2011)

Luke Dauch, Northwestern
OF - Bloomfield Hills, Mich. - Lahser

• Hit .714 (5-for-7), reached base at a .778 clip and slugged 1.286 to combine for an OPS of 2.064 over three games at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge
• Hit safely in each of his first three collegiate games, recording multiple hits in each of his first two contests
• Slugged a double and a triple in Northwestern's win over Pittsburgh, scoring two runs and driving in a pair
• Collects his first weekly conference award
• Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Ethan Bramschreiber (April 11, 2011)


2012 Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week
Feb. 20
Pl:  Josh Dezse, So., OSU
Pi: Tony Bucciferro, Sr., MSU
Pi: Lance Breedlove, Sr., PUR
F:  John Kravetz, ILL
F: Luke Dauch, NU