Big Ten hands out latest baseball honors

The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week for Feb. 27-March 4 on Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

Player of the Week: Michael O’Neill, Michigan, OF – So. – Powell, Ohio – Olentangy Liberty

  • Recorded multiple hits in four of five games last week, finishing the week with a .500 average (11-for-22), currently ranking second in the Big Ten with a .480 average this season
  • Hit home runs in three straight games and now leads the Big Ten with a .940 slugging percentage and five long balls this season
  • Drove in nine runs and scored eight, recording at least one RBI or run scored in each of Michigan’s five games last week
  • Earns his second consecutive Player of the Week award and the second of his career
  • Last Michigan Player of the Week: Michael O’Neill (Feb. 27, 2012)

Pitcher of the Week: Nick Wittgren, PUR, RHP – Jr. – Lafayette, Ind. – McCutcheon

  • Picked up saves in Purdue’s wins against Auburn and Charleston Southern, tying the all-time program record with 15 in his career
  • Entered the game vs. Auburn with the bases loaded and no outs, closing out the win by stranding the potential tying run in scoring position with a strikeout
  • Retired five of the seven Charleston Southern batters he faced, striking out the leadoff hitter with the bases loaded for the final out of the eighth inning
  • Earns his first career weekly honor
  • Last Purdue Pitcher of the Week: Lance Breedlove (Feb. 20, 2012)

Freshman of the Week: Kyle Schwarber, IND, C – Fr. – Middletown, Ohio – Middletown

  • Hit .545, reached base at a .615 clip and compiled a slugging percentage of 1.273 to combine for an OPS of 1.888 in Indiana’s three-game series with East Tennessee State
  • Hit two home runs and a triple, including a game-changing grand slam in the fifth inning of Game 2
  • Drove in six runs, scored three and had two multiple-hit games over the weekend
  • Collects his first weekly accolade
  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Chris Sujka (Feb. 27, 2012)

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