March 15, 2010
BIG TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matt Dittman, Illinois
Jr., 1B, Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville
Dittman picks up his second career Player of the Week honor after batting .615 as the Illini went 2-2 at the Caravelle Resort Classic last week. The first-baseman slugged 1.000 and reached base at a .722 clip, combining for an OPS of 1.722. Dittman also scored seven runs and drove in five over the weekend, recording two multi-hit games to raise his batting average to a conference-leading .563. The junior’s best game came on Friday in Illinois’ 11-10 win over No. 10 Coastal Carolina. He went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, scoring three runs and driving in two, also picking up a stolen base. In the Illini’s win over Ball State on Sunday, Dittman went 2-for-2 with two runs, three RBI, a home run and a stolen base, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances.
Last ILL Player of the Week: Brandon Wikoff (May 4, 2009)
Micah Johnson, Indiana
Fr., 3B, Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor
Johnson earns Player of the Week honors after batting .467 and slugging 1.267 for the Hoosiers last week. The freshman tallied multi-hit games in each of Indiana’s three contests, combining to score five runs and drive in eight on the strength of four home runs. Johnson belted two homers on Tuesday against No. 11 Louisville, before going yard once against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday and again versus Central Michigan on Sunday. The third baseman tallied at least one run and at least one RBI in all three games last week. The weekly honor is the first of the year for the Hoosiers and the first to be won by a freshman this year.
Last IND Player of the Week: Alex Dickerson (April 6, 2009)
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Matt Bischoff, Purdue
Sr., RHP, Decatur, Ind./New Haven
Bischoff picks up his second career Player of the Week honor after throwing eight shutout innings in Purdue’s 3-0 win over LeMoyne on Friday. The right-hander struck out a season-high 11 batters without allowing a walk, scattering just five hits for a WHIP of .63. He retired the side in order in four of his eight innings and did not allow a base runner to reach second until the seventh. With the win, Bischoff’s record improves to 2-1, while his season ERA of 1.35 is second in the conference.
Last PUR Pitcher of the Week: Matt Morgan (March 1, 2010)