May 11, 2010
BIG TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Alex Dickerson, Indiana
So., LF, Poway, Calif./Poway
Dickerson earns Player of the Week honors after leading Indiana to a series victory on the road against Northwestern over the weekend. The sophomore hit .583, reaching base at a .643 clip and slugging 1.167 to combine for an OPS of 1.810. He tallied multiple hits in all three games, including a 3-for-4 performance in the series opener in which he scored twice and drove in three runs with the help of a two-run homer. He hit his Big Ten-leading 20th home run in Game 2 of the series, also hitting a double to go 2-for-4. In the series finale, he drove in the only run of a 1-0 contest with one of his two singles in the game. Dickerson earns his second weekly honor of the season and leads the Big Ten in several statistical categories including average (.424), slugging (.827), RBI (63) and home runs (20).
Last IND Player of the Week: Alex Dickerson (March 29, 2010)
Kurtis Muller, Iowa
Jr., CF, Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie
Muller takes home weekly accolades after leading the Hawkeyes to a series win at Penn State over the weekend. The junior batted .563 and slugged 1.063, combining for an OPS of 1.626 in the three-game set. He also scored four runs and tallied eight RBI as Iowa crept to within two games of the Big Ten lead. The center fielder’s best game of the weekend came in the series finale when he went 5-for-6, tying the school record with five RBI. He also scored three runs and hit his first home run of the year, a three-run blast which gave the Hawkeyes a lead they would not relinquish in the rubber match of the series. Muller also hit two triples and a double over the weekend, coming a homer shy of the cycle on Saturday as he went 3-for-6 with a run scored and a pair of RBI. The weekly accolade is the first of Muller’s career and the first for Iowa this season.
Last IOWA Player of the Week: Justin Toole (March 23, 2009)
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Scott Matyas, Minnesota
Jr., RHP, North Prairie, Wis./Kettle Morraine
Matyas earns weekly pitching accolades after recording a win and a save last week as Minnesota split a two-game series with No. 20 Kansas State and won two of three against Michigan, propelling the Gophers into a four-way tie for first in the Big Ten. Against the nationally ranked Wildcats on Wednesday, the right-hander struck out two without allowing a hit to close out a 3-0 victory, picking up his fifth save of the year. In Game 2 of Minnesota’s weekend series against the Wolverines, the junior pitched a perfect inning and took home the win in his team’s 5-4 come-from-behind victory. In the series finale, he struck out three in 1.2 innings of work, keeping his squad within striking distance in a 2-1 affair. For the week, Matyas fanned five without allowing a run, giving up just one hit over 3.2 innings. The weekly accolade is the pitcher’s first of the season and the fourth of his career.
Last MINN Pitcher of the Week: Seth Rosin (April 26, 2010)