April 27, 2009
BIG TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Willie Argo, Illinois
Fr., DH, Davenport, Iowa/Assumption
Argo led the Fighting Illini as they swept Penn State on the road and claimed a share of the Big Ten lead. The freshman went 8-for-12 with multiple hits in each game against the Nittany Lions, also posting eight RBI while scoring six runs and knocking five extra-base hits, including a multi-homer effort on Saturday. The designated hitter opened the weekend with a 3-for-4 performance, scoring and driving in three runs while falling a single shy of the cycle in Illinois’ 7-3 win. On Saturday, he again went 3-for-4, this time driving in five runs and scoring two on a pair of homers as his squad earned the 11-5 victory. In the series finale on Sunday, Argo went 2-for4 with a run as his team earned the sweep in a 9-2 win. In the three-game series, the freshman hit .667 with a .692 on-base percentage and a slugging average of 1.667, giving him an OPS of 2.359. The weekly honor is Argo’s first and the fourth for an Illinois hitter this year.
Last Illinois Player of the Week: Matt Dittman (April 13, 2009)
CO-PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Chris Fetter (May 12, 2008)
Chris Fetter, Michigan
Sr., RHP, Carmel, Ind./Carmel
Fetter recorded his third complete game of the season in a win over Indiana on Friday, holding the Hoosiers to just two runs in the contest. The senior fanned 12 in the effort while scattering eight hits and a walk over nine innings. The performance marked his fourth of the year with 11 or more strikeouts, improving his season total to 82, which ranks second in the Big Ten. The right-hander lowered his season ERA to a Big Ten-leading 2.18, and picked up his sixth win of the year, which ranks fifth in the conference. Fetter now owns 260 strikeouts in his career, ranking third on Michigan’s all-time list. The weekly award is the fourth of his career and the first for a Wolverine pitcher this season.
Tom Buske, Minnesota
Sr., RHP, Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley
Buske pitched a career-high 8.2 innings in Minnesota’s series-opening win over Purdue on Friday, giving him his sixth win on the season. The senior struck out seven without walking a batter and scattered eight hits and one run, dropping his ERA to 2.34, good enough to rank second in the conference. The right-hander leads the Big Ten in opponents’ batting average, holding hitters to just a .203 mark on the season. Buske earns his first career weekly honor, while the Minnesota pitching staff picks up its second award of the season.
Last Minnesota Pitcher of the Week: Cullen Sexton (March 2, 2009)