Illinois, Michigan State and Nebraska Earn Baseball Weekly Honors
March 12, 2018

Player of the Week
Doran Turchin, Illinois
LF - Jr. - Oak Creek, Wis. - Oak Creek
  • Reached base in 12 of 15 plate appearances for an .800 on-base percentage to lead Illinois to victories over Furman and conference foe Michigan State 
  • Reached base at least twice in all three games of the weekend, while leading Illinois with a .625 batting average (5-8) on the weekend 
  • Slugged a team-best 1.250 with three extra-base hits 
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Illinois Big Ten Player of the Week: Michael Massey (March 6, 2018)

Pitcher of the Week
Luis Alvarado, Nebraska
P - Sr. - Salinas, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

  • Threw 7.0 scoreless innings to earn the win in game two of the series against Cal Poly
  • Allowed only five hits and one walk, while striking out eight 
  • The eight strike outs were just one shy of his career high
  • Records his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Nebraska Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Jake Hohensee (April 10, 2017)

Freshman of the Week
Mason Erla, Michigan State
P - Cass City, Mich. - Cass City

  • Tossed 6.1 innings to earn the win against Illinois and improve to 2-0 on the season
  • Struck out five batters to snap the Illini's seven-game win streak
  • Retired the first four Illini batters he faced and from the fourth to the seventh frames, he retired 10 in a row
  • Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Bryce Kelley (March 27, 2017)

2018 Baseball Players of the Week

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

Feb. 26
PL: Terrin Vavra, Jr., MINN
P: Pauly Milto, Jr., IND
F: Bo Hofstra, PUR

March 6
PL: Michael Massey, So., ILL
PL: Matt Gorski, So., IND
P: Karl Kauffmann, So., MICH
F: Elijah Dunham, IND

March 6
PL: Doran Turchin, Jr., ILL
P: Luis Alvarado, Sr., NEB
F: Mason Erla, MSU