Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue Take Home Big Ten Weekly Baseball Awards

Northwestern's Zach Jones earns his first Big Ten weekly award.

March 18, 2013

Player of the Week
Blaise Salter, Michigan State
C/1B – So. – Bloomfield Hills, Mich. – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

  • Hit .667 (8-for-12) with one home run, a double, four runs scored and four RBI as Michigan State went 3-0 against Santa Clara
  • Recorded at least two hits in each game, including a 4-for-5 outing with three RBI on Saturday
  • Reached base at a .667 clip and slugged 1.000 in the series
  • Earns his first career Player of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Jeff Holm (May 9, 2011)

Pitcher of the Week
Ben Meyer, Minnesota
RHP – So. – New Brighton, Minn. – Totino Grace

  • Threw a complete-game shutout to lead Minnesota to a 3-0 win over Western Illinois
  • Scattered five hits and struck out a career-high 11 batters
  • Earns his second career Pitcher of the Week award and second this season
  • Last Minnesota Pitcher of the Week: Tom Windle (March 11, 2013)

Co-Freshman of the Week
Zach Jones, Northwestern
OF/1B – Glenview, Ill. – Glenbrook South

  • Had four RBI in four at-bats as Northwestern went 3-0 on the week
  • Recorded a pinch-hit single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against North Dakota State to tie the game
  • Posted a pinch-hit RBI against Bucknell and a sacrifice fly against LIU Brooklyn
  • Collects his first weekly conference award
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Brandon Magallones (March 26, 2012)

Jordan Minch, Purdue
LHP – Highland, Ind. – Highland

  • Threw six scoreless innings and struck out seven batters in a 4-1 victory over Evansville
  • Scattered just two infield hits against the Purple Aces
  • Retired 12 consecutive batters from the first through fifth innings
  • Earns his first weekly conference award
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: N/A




2013 Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week

Feb. 18

Pl:           Sam Travis, So., IND

Pi:           Brad Goldberg, Sr., OSU

F:            Evan Bell, IND

F:            Josh Estill, PUR

Feb. 25

Pl:           Aaron Gretz, So., OSU

Pi:           Brad Goldberg, Sr., OSU

F:            Troy Kuhn, OSU

March 4

Pl:           Michael O’Neill, Jr., MICH

Pi:           Ben Meyer, So., MINN

F:            Evan Hill, MICH

March 11

Pl:           Kyle Schwarber, So., IND

Pi:           Tom Windle, Jr., MINN

F:            Jacob Bosiokovic, OSU

March 18

Pl:           Blaise Salter, So., MSU

Pi:           Ben Meyer, So., MINN

F:            Zach Jones, NU

F:            Jordan Minch, PUR