May 22, 2006
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ronnie Bourquin, Ohio State
JR, 3B, Canton, Ohio/Canton South
Bourquin pounded four home runs in five games last week, hit .429 (6-for-14), drove in eight runs and scored five times. One of 16 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, Bourquin was 2-for-2 with a home run and drove in two runs in a 3-0 shutout victory of Penn State and then followed it up with a 2-for-3 day that had two home runs, including a two-run laser in the fourth and a solo shot in the sixth to help Ohio State to a 12-2 series victory. The Big Ten's leading batter with a .426 average also had a home run in the midweek game against Pittsburgh and finished the week with a 1.296 slugging percentage and had an on-base percentage of .500. Bourquin, who earns the final Player of the Week selection of 2006, now has eight home runs on the year, the third most in the Big Ten and the most by a Buckeye this year.
BIG TEN PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Brian Blomquist, Illinois
SR, SP, Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North
Blomquist pitched Illinois into the Big Ten Tournament with a season-high eight shutout innings at Michigan State on Sunday to get just his first win of May and second since April 1. He gave up just three hits and a walk while recording a career-high eight strikeouts. The Illini senior recorded 17 of his 24 outs via ground balls or strikeouts. After giving up two hits in the first inning, he recorded 11 straight outs before allowing his lone walk in the fifth. Following that walk, Blomquist, who earns the final Pitcher of the Week selection of 2006, retired 10 consecutive batters before allowing a two-out single in the eighth. He threw 93 pitches, 63 for strikes (68 percent), and had only two three-ball counts in his eight innings of work.