Big Ten hands out season's first baseball honors

Big Ten hands out season's first baseball honors

The Big Ten Conference handed out the season’s first Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week for Feb. 13-19 action on Monday. There were a handful of winners, so see who they all are what they did to earn the honors in this post.

Player of the Week: Josh Dezse, Ohio State, 1B/RHP – So. – Powell, Ohio – Olentangy Liberty

  • Hit .500 (7-for-14), reached base at a .533 clip and slugged .714 as Ohio State went 2-1 in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge with wins over Seton Hall and Connecticut
  • Recorded multiple hits in all three contests, including a 3-for-5 performance against USF in the season-opener
  • Combined to drive in five runs and scored four times over the weekend
  • Earns his second career Player of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Josh Dezse (May 2, 2011)

Co-Pitcher of the Week: Tony Bucciferro, Michigan State, RHP – Sr. – Joliet, Ill. – Minooka Community

  • Tossed six shutout innings to lead Michigan State to an opening day win over nationally ranked St. John’s on Friday at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge
  • Allowed just one hit and struck out six in the outing, retiring the first 13 batters he faced
  • Picked up his 21st career victory, moving into a tie for sixth in program history
  • Earns his second career Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Pitcher of the Week: Tony Bucciferro (April 11, 2011)

Lance Breedlove, Purdue, RHP – Sr. – Long Beach, Calif. – Los Alamitos

  • Threw seven scoreless innings to lead Purdue to a win over Cincinnati on Saturday in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge
  • Struck out 11 batters and allowed just two base hits in the start
  • Eleven strikeouts marks a career high and is the highest total by a Purdue pitcher since March of 2010
  • Picks up his first career Pitcher of the Week accolade
  • Last Purdue Pitcher of the Week: Joe Haase (April 4, 2011)

Co-Freshman of the Week: John Kravetz, Illinois, RHP – Lansing, Ill. – Mount Carmel

  • Threw 6.2 innings of shutout ball to lead Illinois to a win over nationally ranked St. John’s in the team’s closing game of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge
  • Allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out six in a relief appearance
  • Entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the first and induced an inning-ending double play with his first pitch
  • Earns his first career weekly honor
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Thomas Lindauer (March 21, 2011)

Luke Dauch, Northwestern, OF – Bloomfield Hills, Mich. – Lahser

  • Hit .714 (5-for-7), reached base at a .778 clip and slugged 1.286 to combine for an OPS of 2.064 over three games at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge
  • Hit safely in each of his first three collegiate games, recording multiple hits in each of his first two contests
  • Slugged a double and a triple in Northwestern’s win over Pittsburgh, scoring two runs and driving in a pair
  • Collects his first weekly conference award
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Ethan Bramschreiber (April 11, 2011)
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