Illinois, Northwestern and Purdue Earn Big Ten Accolades

Illinois junior Joe Bonadonna owns 10 stolen bases in Big Ten play this season.

Illinois junior Joe Bonadonna owns 10 stolen bases in Big Ten play this season.

April 21, 2008

CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Joe Bonadonna, Illinois
Jr., 2B, Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson

Bonadonna takes home his first career weekly accolade after leading Illinois in a series victory at Minnesota, batting .692 (9-for-13) and reaching base at a .706 clip. The 3-1 series win gives the Illini nine conference road victories, which ties the school's record at just the halfway point of the Big Ten slate. The junior recorded back-to-back multi-hit games in the final two contests of the four-game set, beginning with a 3-for-4 performance with a run in Game 1 of a Sunday doubleheader. In the nightcap, he recorded his second-career four-hit game, adding a run, two RBI, a double and two stolen bases. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native scored one run in each game he played last week and stole three bases, now owning 10 steals in Big Ten action. Bonadonna leads his team and is sixth in the conference with a .418 average in Big Ten play, while his Illini sit in third in the conference standings at 9-7.

Last Illinois Player OTW: Ryan Hastings (4/10/07)

Jake Goebbert, Northwestern
So., 1B, Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire

Goebbert led Northwestern to the team's first Big Ten road series victory in two years with three wins at Iowa over the weekend. The sophomore batted .615 (8-for-13) with a 1.154 slugging percentage in four games, reaching base at a .737 clip. In the series opener, the first baseman went 3-for-4 with four runs scored, three RBI, two doubles, a home run and a walk as Northwestern earned a 13-5 victory. The Hampshire, Ill., native recorded his second three-hit game in as many days, going 3-for-5 with a run, two RBI and a double in the series finale to give the Wildcats the 9-6 win and the series victory. For the series, Goebbert averaged two hits, two runs, 1.5 RBI and 1 double per game. His four doubles gives him 17 on the season, which is just four shy of the school's single-season record. He also has knocked eight doubles in Big Ten play, making him the conference leader in that category. The weekly honor is the third of Goebbert's career as he was honored twice last season.


 

 

Last Northwestern Player OTW: Mike Kalina (2/25/08)


PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Matt Jansen, Purdue
So., LHP, Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point

Jansen earns his first career weekly award after tossing a complete-game shutout to lead Purdue in an 8-0 victory over Ohio State on Saturday. The performance was the first complete-game outing for the Boilermakers this season and helped the squad to its first series win at Ohio State since 1986. The sophomore pitched all seven innings, scattering six hits without allowing a walk while striking out three Buckeyes to improve his conference record to 2-0. The southpaw also threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief against Miami (Ohio) in a mid-week matchup, recording two strikeouts in the effort. In Big Ten action this season, Jansen owns a 1.84 ERA in four appearances as his Boilermakers sit in second in the conference standings at 12-4.

Last Purdue Pitcher OTW: Matt Bischoff (3/20/07)