March 16, 2009
BIG TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Josh Phegley, Indiana
Jr., C, Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North
Phegley earns his second career Player of the Week honor after batting .667 with a 1.467 slugging percentage in four games last week. Against Morehead State on Tuesday, the catcher became the fourth player in school history to belt three home runs in a game, also tying the Indiana school record with five hits while driving in six runs and scoring four in an 18-3 Hoosier win. At No. 29 Kentucky on Wednesday, the junior knocked three hits with an RBI and a run scored in a one-run loss. In a 12-7 victory against Bowling Green on Saturday, Phegley went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, two runs scored and an RBI. The Terre Haute, Ind., native closed out the week with a triple in two at-bats against Jacksonville State, driving in three runs and scoring one. For the week, Phegley went 8-for-15 with a double, a triple, three home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored, reaching base at a .750 clip. He leads the Big Ten in on-base percentage (.543) and ranks in the conference’s top 10 in batting (.412) and slugging (.725).
Last Indiana Player of the Week: Andrew Means (May 19, 2008)
CO-PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
Last Ohio State Pitcher of the Week: Drew Rucinski (Feb. 23, 2009)
Alex Wimmers, Ohio State
So., RHP, Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller
Wimmers earns Big Ten pitching accolades for the first time in his career after tossing a complete game in Ohio State’s win over Pittsburgh on Friday, striking out a career-high 15 in the outing. In the first complete game for a Buckeye pitcher this year, the right-hander scattered six hits and two walks, allowing three earned runs to improve his season record to 3-0. Wimmers’ 15 strikeouts marks the highest total for an Ohio State pitcher since Major Leaguer Scott Lewis fanned 15 in 2003. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native leads the Big Ten in strikeouts (33) and ranks among the conference’s top 10 in ERA (2.52) and opponents’ batting average (.237).
Matt Jansen, Purdue
Jr., LHP, Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point
Jansen collects his second career Big Ten pitching honor and the first award for a Boilermaker this season after throwing 8.2 innings in Purdue’s win over Evansville on Saturday. The lefty fanned a career-high 11 batters and allowed just one run on six hits and a walk in a 3-1 victory. The junior retired 12 straight Purple Aces from the third through seventh innings, including five consecutive strikeouts, and kept Evansville off the scoreboard until the ninth inning. Jansen held opponents to a .182 batting average and posted a WHIP of 0.81 in the start. The Crown Point, Ind., native is now tied for third in the Big Ten with 29 strikeouts as he evens his season record to 2-2.
Last Purdue Pitcher of the Week: Matt Jansen (April 21, 2008)