staff, April 30, 2012

The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week for April 23-29 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

Co-Players of the Week: Justin Cureton, Indiana, OF - Jr. - Indianapolis, Ind. - Cathedral

  • Hit .583, reached base at a .706 clip and slugged .667 to combine for an OPS of 1.373 in Indiana?s sweep over Michigan
  • Scored four runs in the series and drove in three, also going 2-for-2 on the base paths
  • Recorded a hit, a run, an RBI and two stolen bases in two non-conference games against Miami (Ohio)
  • Earns his first career weekly accolade
  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Sam Travis (April 3, 2012)

Eric Charles, Purdue, 2B - Sr. - Zionsville, Ind. - Zionsville

  • Hit .615 and combined for an OPS of 1.335 in Purdue?s series win against Michigan State
  • Recorded four RBI in the series and scored two runs, also stealing a base
  • Had multiple hits in every game in the series, including three-hit performances in Games 1 and 2
  • Contributed to all five double plays turned by the Boilermaker defense over the weekend
  • Earns his second career honor and his second of the season
  • Last Purdue Player of the Week: Cameron Perkins (April 23, 2012)

Pitcher of the Week:David Garner, Michigan State, RHP - So. - Niles, Mich. - Niles

  • Led Michigan State to a road win over No. 13 Purdue, throwing his first career complete-game shutout
  • Handed the Boilermakers, who entered the weekend ranked third in the country in batting average, their first shutout of the season
  • Struck out seven in the outing, allowing just five hits without walking a batter
  • Takes home his first career Pitcher of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Pitcher of the Week: Andrew Waszak (April  16, 2012)

Freshman of the Week: Kyle Schwarber, Indiana, C - Middletown, Ohio - Middletown

  • Hit .500, reached base at a .588 clip and slugged .786 to combine for a 1.374 OPS in Indiana?s series sweep over Michigan
  • Recorded five runs and five RBI in the series, including a Game 1 outing in which he went 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored
  • Also scored three runs and drove in four over two non-conference games against Miami (Ohio)
  • Picks up his second weekly award
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Kyle Hart (April 23, 2012)