Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue Pick Up Weekly Baseball Accolades
April 18, 2006
BIG TEN CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Pat McMahon, Northwestern
McMahon batted .600 (12-for-20) in five games last week, helping NU to a 3-2 overall record and 3-1 in Big Ten games. He totaled 23 bases, had a slugging percentage of 1.150 and an on-base percentage of .680. In the Wildcats' midweek contest against Robert Morris, McMahon was 2-for-2 with an RBI, walked twice and was hit by a pitch. In four games at
Neal Gorka, Purdue
Gorka batted .474 for the week, including .600 (9-for-15) during Purdue's Big Ten series with Indiana, snapping out of a 6-for-40 slump with two doubles and three home runs against the Hoosiers. The senior hit a grand slam on Friday, accounting for all of Purdue's runs in the game, while in Purdue's 5-2 win on Saturday, he recorded a two-run double in the first inning and drove in the winning run in a 5-2 win. In Sunday's 25-8 victory, Gorka hit a three-run homer in the first inning and then bettered the effort with a grand slam in the second inning. The senior drove in eight runs in the game, which marked the second-best individual effort by a Boilermaker in the last 15 years. Against the Hoosiers, Gorka scored five runs, drove in 14, and had a slugging percentage of 1.333.
BIG TEN PITCHER OF THE WEEK