May 24, 2010
BIG TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kurtis Muller, Iowa
Jr., CF, Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie
Muller earns his second Player of the Week honor this season after leading Iowa to a sweep against Purdue over the weekend, helping the Hawkeyes secure the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. The junior hit .714 in the series and slugged 1.286, combining for an OPS of 2.000. The center fielder also drove in six runs and scored five, hitting two doubles and two home runs and stealing three bases in the three-game set. Muller recorded three or more hits in all three conference games, also going 4-for-5 with a double, a homer, two runs and a pair of RBI in the series opener. The series sweep marked Iowa’s first to end a season since 1980. The Hawkeyes have won seven of their last eight conference games as they enter their first Big Ten tournament since 2007.
Last IOWA Player of the Week: Kurtis Muller (May 11, 2010)
CO-PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
Jarred Hippen, Iowa
So., RHP, Rock Falls, Ill./Rock Falls
Hippen becomes the first Hawkeye in over two years to earn Pitcher of the Week honors, leading Iowa to a 7-2 win over Purdue in the teams’ series opener on Saturday. The sophomore allowed just two runs on five hits and a walk in a complete-game win, tying his career best with nine strikeouts. The win marked Hippen’s fifth overall this season, and the effort was his fourth complete game of the conference slate.
Last IOWA Pitcher of the Week: Brock Alberts (March 3, 2008)
Eric Jokisch, Northwestern
Last NU Pitcher of the Week: Eric Jokisch (May 19, 2008)
Jr., LHP, Virginia, Ill./Virginia
Jokisch earns the second weekly honor of his career and the first for a Northwestern pitcher this season, leading his team in a 2-1 win over Michigan State on Friday. The junior tossed 8.2 innings, allowing just one run while scattering eight hits. He struck out three in the win and induced five double plays, lowering his conference ERA to 3.25 while finishing as the Big Ten’s leader in innings pitched, tossing 63.2 throughout the 24-game schedule. Jokisch’s win played an integral part in helping the Wildcats secure their first Big Ten Tournament berth in four years.