Ohio State's Bourquin and Penn State's Clark Earn Weekly Honors
May 1, 2006
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
In a five-game homestand last week, Bourquin batted .706 (12-for-17) with seven RBI and five runs scored. He touched 16 bases for a .941 slugging percentage and added four walks for an on-base percentage of .762, while posting three of four stolen bases. After a 2-for-2 performance against Cleveland State earlier in the week, the Buckeye junior batted .667 (10-for-15) in the 3-1 series win over Purdue with five RBI and four runs scored. He had multiple hits in four of the five games last week and is currently riding a career-long 11-game hit streak. Bourquin now leads all conference batters with a .426 batting average, up from .393 before the week started.
BIG TEN PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Clark pitched a nine-inning, complete-game, six-hit shutout in Sunday's 11-0 win over Indiana. In just the second career occasion he has gone the distance, which was also the second complete-game shutout this year for the Nittany Lion pitching staff, Clark went all nine innings and scattered just the six hits. Needing just 96 pitches for his effort, the junior struck out seven and did not walk any. He now has 64 strikeouts and just nine walks on the year for a remarkable strikeout to walk ratio of over 7:1. In getting his second win of the year, Clark allowed just two runners to get as far as second base and picked off one, increasing his pickoff total to a Big Ten-best four on the year. Clark completed the shutout by retiring 13 of the last 15 Hoosier hitters and nine of the last 10.