staff, May 19, 2014

The Big Ten announced its baseball Players of the Week on Monday. See who took home the season's final honors and what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

Player of the Week: Ryan Richardson, Michigan State, Jr., SS

  • Batted .500 on the week, stole four bases, scored five runs and had three RBI in a series sweep of Penn State last weekend, accounting for multiple hits in the series opener and finale
  • Went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run in the opener before going 3-for-4 in the series finale with two doubles, four runs scored and an RBI, while stealing two bases in each contest
  • Also went 2-for-4 in a midweek contest against Central Michigan, doubling twice and driving in two runs
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Big Ten Player of the Week: Joel Fisher (May 7, 2013)

Pitcher of the Week: Alec Crawford, Minnesota, Sr., RHP

  • Went eight innings on Friday against Indiana, scattering just three hits and helping Minnesota to a 2-1 victory in extra innings
  • Surrendered just one earned run and helped hold the Indiana offense to only four hits on the night, its second-lowest of the season
  • Tied a career high in innings pitched and allowed only two runners to reach third base
  • Records his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Brandon Neal Kunik (April 28, 2014)

Freshmen of the Week: Joe Hoscheit, Northwestern 3B/RHP

  • Batted .417 with two doubles and recorded two saves to help Northwestern take 2-of-3 on the road against Ohio State last weekend
  • Collected his first career save in the series opener on Friday in just his fifth career pitching appearance
  • Followed with a two-inning save to clinch the series victory on Saturday, allowing just one hit and striking out the final batter of the game
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Northwestern Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Matt Hopfner (Feb. 24, 2014)