March 23, 2009
BIG TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Justin Toole, Iowa
Sr., SS, Council Bluffs, Iowa/Lewis Central
Toole led the Hawkeyes to four wins last week, scoring nine runs while driving in nine and raising his batting average 51 points to a team-leading .353 mark. The senior tallied four multi-hit games in six contests and racked up four extra-base hits, including a double and a homer in Iowa’s 25-6 rout over Tennessee-Martin on Wednesday. Against UTM, Toole also scored three runs and drove in three while drawing a walk and stealing a base. Against Austin Peay on Thursday, the shortstop recorded his second three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored as the Hawkeyes picked up a 10-3 win. The Council Bluffs, Iowa, native closed out the week with back-to-back two-hit performances against Western Illinois, going 2-for-4 with a run and a walk in the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader before going 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI, a double and a walk in the series finale on Sunday. For the week, Toole batted .440 with a .680 slugging percentage and a .533 on-base percentage to combine for an OPS of 1.213.
Last Iowa Player of the Week: Wes Freie (March 3, 2008)
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Last Ohio State Pitcher of the Week: Alex Wimmers (March 16, 2009)
Alex Wimmers, Ohio State
So., RHP, Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller
Wimmers takes home his second consecutive Pitcher of the Week honor after picking up a complete-game win over Indiana in a non-conference matchup on Friday. The sophomore recorded 14 strikeouts, allowing no walks and just five singles to improve his season record to 4-0. The right-hander allowed the Hoosiers to hit just .161 in the outing, lowering his opponents’ batting average to .219 on the year, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten. With the outing, Wimmers’ ERA improved to 1.85, which is third in the conference, while his Big Ten-leading strikeouts total increased to 47. The accolade is the second of Wimmers’ career, making him the first pitcher since 2006 to be named Pitcher of the Week on back-to-back weeks. The award is the fourth for Ohio State this season and the third for a Buckeye hurler.