Michigan and Northwestern Share Weekly Honors and League Lead
May 9, 2006
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Recknagel hit .533 (8-for-15) in the series at Illinois with two doubles, two long home runs and four RBI. For the five-game week, he hit .556, going 10-for-18 while mixing in a 2-for-3 game with three RBI against Western Michigan. Recknagel concluded his week by extending his team-leading, season-high hitting streak to 12 games and hammering two home runs last Sunday to help clinch the victory at Illinois. Currently, the Wolverine sophomore shares the team lead in Big Ten action with catcher Jeff Kunkel as both are hitting .398 (33-for-83). For the season, Recknagel is leading Michigan with a .373 (57-for-153) average with 13 doubles, four homers and 30 RBI. He also leads the team with 20 multiple-hit games and ranks second with five game-winning RBI.
BIG TEN PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Brauer pitched one his best games as a collegiate pitcher this past Saturday against Minnesota and then turned in an impressive performance at the plate on Sunday. In the game he pitched, the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, he threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout, striking out a season-high 10. He allowed only two runners to reach third base, shutting down an offense that totaled 15 hits in the first game of the series. All four hits he gave up were singles. At the plate on Sunday, Brauer was 2-for-2 with a three-run home run in the first inning. He was walked twice and doubled in his other at bat. He scored three times in NU's 9-8 victory. Brauer leads the conference with 75 strikeouts in 70.2 innings pitched. He is hitting .364 in conference games with 10 RBI, and .341 overall with 12 RBI.