April 28, 2008
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Casey McMurray Illinois
Fr., LF, Willow Springs, Ill./Lyons Township
McMurray earns his first career Player of the Week honor after leading Illinois at the plate in a 2-2 series split with Penn State over the weekend. The freshman batted .733 (11-for-15) in the series and reached base at a .750 clip while recording a pair of doubles for an .867 slugging percentage. In the weekend opener, the freshman went 5-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored as the Illini won a 20-11 slugfest. The left fielder notched a hit and scored a run in each game of Saturday's doubleheader before putting up a 4-for-4 performance in the series finale. In Sunday's game, McMurray drove in one run and scored three in a 17-6 Illinois victory. The Willow Springs, Ill., native accounted for 25 percent of his team's run production in the series, scoring seven times and driving in five runners. In the four-game set, he averaged 2.8 hits, 1.8 runs and 1.3 RBI per game with a stolen base, raising his batting average 53 points as the Illini maintained the third-place position in the Big Ten standings. The weekly award is the second consecutive for Illinois as Joe Bonadonna was honored last week.
Last Illinois Player OTW: Joe Bonadonna (4/21/08)
Last Indiana Pitcher OTW: Matt Bashore (3/17/08)
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Matt Bashore, Indiana
So., LHP, Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe
Bashore is named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after leading Indiana to a 2-1 victory over conference-leading Michigan in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday. The sophomore tossed the complete seven innings, scattering five hits and allowing just one earned run. The lefty also struck out eight batters, marking the highest strikeout total against the Wolverines this conference season. The Big Ten's strikeout leader in overall competition, Bashore fanned back-to-back batters to end the second and third innings, and also induced a 6-4-3 double-play grounder to end the top half of the seventh, putting his offense in line to get the walk-off win. The award is the second of Bashore's career and his second this season after he was honored on March 17 for a 12-strikeout performance against Portland.