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May 10, 2005
BIG TEN CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
J.R. Kyes, Illinois
SR, 2B, Springfield, Ill./Southeast
Kyes propelled the Illini to a four-game sweep of Northwestern with four home runs, 13 RBI and nine runs scored to earn Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors. The senior second baseman batted .529 in the series (9-for-17) and boasted a slugging percentage of 1.471 to help Illinois build its lead atop the League standings. After driving in four runs with a homer in the series opener, Kyes fell just a single short of the cycle in game three and ended the contest with a three-run walk-off blast. He wrapped up the series with two more long balls and five RBI in the finale. Kyes is the fourth Illini to earn Player of the Week laurels this season.
Joe Kemp, Indiana
SR, OF, Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist
Kemp batted a sizzling .600 (9-for-15) and racked up 11 RBI and nine runs to lead the Hoosiers to their first series victory this season and pick up a share of Player of the Week accolades. The senior outfielder produced a slugging percentage of 1.400 against Michigan State while collecting two doubles, two triples, two home runs, three walks and no strikeouts. The Maryland native hit for the cycle for the first time in his career in the series opener while recording five RBI and four runs. Kemp concluded the series with a 3-for-4 performance with three runs batted in and three runs scored. He collects his second weekly award this season after being honored on March 1.
BIG TEN PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Tim Gudex, Iowa
JR, P, Appleton, Wis./North
Gudex picked up the win in both ends of the Saturday doubleheader and closed out the four-game set on Sunday to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Week laurels. The junior reliever rallied the Hawkeyes from a series-opening loss to take three of four from Minnesota and remain second in the League standings. Gudex pitched five and one-third innings on the week, allowing only three hits and no runs while striking out four batters. Despite arriving late to Saturday's games due to illness, he picked up wins by going one and two-thirds of an inning to wrap up each game of the doubleheader and pitched the final inning of the series on Sunday. Gudex earns his second weekly accolade, as he was also honored on April 11.