March 31, 2008
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brandon Haveman, Purdue
Jr., OF, Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland
Haveman earns the first weekly honor of the conference season after leading Purdue to a 4-1 record last week, including a 3-1 series win over Northwestern. In Big Ten play, the junior went 8-for-16 (.500) at the plate and reached base at a .556 average, drawing a pair of walks to accompany his eight hits. The leadoff batter scored at least one run in three of Purdue's four conference games, accounting for six runs scored in the series. The outfielder also drove in a run in the Boilermakers' 10-2 victory in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader. In Big Ten action, Haveman is tied for the conference lead in runs scored (6), is tied for second in hits (8), is tied for fourth in batting average (.500) and ranks sixth in on-base percentage (.556). The award is Haveman's first and the Boilermakers' second consecutive as outfielder Jon Moore earned the recognition last week.
Last Purdue Player OTW: Jon Moore (3/24/08)
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Last Michigan Pitcher OTW: Chris Fetter (3/10/08)
Zach Putnam, Michigan
Jr., RHP, Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer
Putnam takes home the first weekly pitching accolade of the Big Ten schedule after leading the Wolverines to a 4-3, 10-inning win over Iowa in the teams' conference opener on Saturday. The right-hander was perfect through the first 6.1 innings of play until an infield error ended the bid in the seventh. The junior struck out a career-high 12 batters, scattered three hits and did not issue a walk or allow an earned run in the eight-inning effort. In the outing, Putnam held opponents to a .100 batting average, which currently ranks as the best mark in Big Ten play. The junior also contributed at the dish, combining to hit .429 with a .929 slugging percentage as the Wolverines swept the Hawkeyes in the four-game series. The award is Putnam's first career weekly accolade and the second pitching accolade for the Wolverines this season.