Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue Earn Weekly Conference Honors

March 24, 2008

Cory Kovanda, Ohio State
So., 2B, Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne

Kovanda led Ohio State with a .688 average and a .737 on-base percentage as the Buckeyes went 2-2 on their spring trip last week. The sophomore opened the week with a 3-for-5 performance against Northern Iowa on Monday, scoring one run. Against Bradley the following day, the second baseman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk. Against St. Louis on Wednesday, Kovanda went 2-for-3 with a walk before closing the trip with his best appearance on Friday as he went 4-for-5 with three runs, two RBI, a double and a walk in a win over Kansas. On the weekend, he combined to go 11-for-16 with four multi-hit games, also scoring six runs over the four contests. Kovanda currently ranks in the top five in the Big Ten in batting average (.451) and on-base percentage (.517). The weekly honor is the first of Kovanda's career.

Last OSU Player OTW: Ronnie Bourquin (5/22/06)

Jon Moore, Purdue
Jr., OF, Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East

Moore led Purdue in a four-game sweep over Western Illinois, posting a .667 batting average (10-for-15) with a slugging percentage of .867. The junior tallied multiple hits in each contest and scored at least one run in every game as the Boilermakers combined for 47 team runs in the four-game set. The outfielder opened the series on Saturday going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored before going 2-for-3 with a run, a walk and a stolen base in Game 2 of the doubleheader. On Sunday, Moore went 3-for-3 with two runs and a double before finishing the weekend by hitting 3-for-5 with three runs, two RBI and a run in the nightcap to complete the team's first series sweep of the season. The award is the first of Moore's career and the first for Purdue this season.

Last PUR Player OTW: Ryne White (5/14/07)

Scott Matyas, Minnesota
Fr., RHP, North Prairie, Wis./Kettle Morraine

Matyas recorded a win and a save in three Minnesota victories last week. Against North Dakota State on Monday, the right-hander struck out two of the three batters he faced to aid the Golden Gophers in a 17-8 win. Against South Dakota State on Friday, the freshman came on in the ninth and struck out the side to earn the save in a 3-1 Minnesota victory. Matyas closed out the week by earning his first career win, recording one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning as the Gophers earned the 3-2 win and the series sweep. For the week, Matyas posted an ERA of 0.00 while holding opponents to a .111 batting average and struck out an average of 2.2 batters per inning. The award is the first of Matyas' career and the second time a Minnesota hurler has been honored this season.



Last MINN Pitcher OTW: Phil Isaksson (3/03/08)