May 18, 2009
BIG TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Justin Miller, Ohio State
Sr., 3B, Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby
Miller led Ohio State to a sweep over Iowa last weekend, helping the Buckeyes earn their first Big Ten title since 2001. The senior hit .583 with a slugging average of 1.000 and an on-base percentage of .615 for a combined OPS of 1.615. He also drove in six runs and scored four over the weekend, recording multiple hits in every game. In Game 1 of the series, Miller went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored as Ohio State earned the 13-4 win. In Friday's Game 2, he was 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a double as the Buckeyes edged the Hawkeyes, 5-4, to remain in contention for the conference championship. In the series finale on Sunday, needing a win to have a shot at the Big Ten crown, Miller was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored on a double and his 10th home run of the year, propelling OSU to an 8-6 win. The senior takes home his second consecutive Player of the Week award and the third of his career. The Dayton, Va., native is the only hitter to take home Big Ten accolades on back-to-back weeks this season.
Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Justin Miller (May 12, 2009)
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Last Indiana Pitcher of the Week: Eric Arnett (April 13, 2009)
Matt Bashore, Indiana
Jr., LHP, Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe
Bashore was dominant in his start, tossing eight scoreless innings to lead Indiana to a 6-1 win over Michigan State on Friday. The junior allowed just three hits in the outing while issuing only one free pass without surrendering a run. He also struck out 10, matching his season high, and allowed just one runner to reach second base. The weekly honor is the third of Bashore's career and his first this season. It is the second award for the Indiana pitching staff this year.