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Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week

April 21, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Player of the Week

Michael Handel, Minnesota

Jr., SS, Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie

*         Drove in six runs and scored three times on the strength of four doubles
and a home run in games against North Dakota State and Iowa last week

*         Went 4-for-8, drove in five runs and scored twice against the Hawkeyes,
hitting a home run in the opener and three doubles in game two before missing the
finale due to injury

*         Went 2-for-5 in a midweek win over North Dakota State, finishing with a
double, an RBI and a run scored

*         Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award

*         Last Minnesota Big Ten Player of the Week: Nick O'Shea (May 9, 2011)



Co-Pitchers of the Week

Joey DeNato, Indiana

Sr., LHP, San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines

*         Pitched eight shutout innings on Friday in a win against Michigan State,
becoming the Hoosiers' all-time leader in innings pitched

*         Struck out five and scattered just five hits to win his fifth consecutive
decision, including each of his four starts in Big Ten play

*         Lowered his season ERA to 2.12 and improved to 8-1 on the season

*         Wins his third career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor

*         Last Indiana Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Kyle Hart (March 24, 2014)



Jack Quigley, Northwestern

Sr., RHP, Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm

*         Earned a win and a save in Northwestern's triumphs at Nebraska last
weekend, pitching 4.1 scoreless innings in two relief appearances

*         Threw 3.1 frames of relief to earn the win in Friday night's 12-inning
victory before coming on in the ninth to earn the save in the first game of
Saturday's doubleheader

*         Allowed just one hit and one walk in his two outings, holding the
conference's top hitting team to an .077 average

*         Claims his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award

*         Last Northwestern Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Brandon Magallones (May 13,
2013)



Freshman of the Week

Ryne Roper, Illinois

3B, Harrisburg, Ill./Harrisburg

*         Drove in three runs and scored three more in helping Illinois to a
three-game sweep of Penn State last weekend

*         Posted two-hit games in the series opener and finale, driving in two runs
and scoring once on Friday and recording an RBI and a run scored on Sunday

*         Singled and scored a run on Saturday to increase his average in Big Ten
play to .340

*         Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor

*         Last Illinois Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Kevin Duchene (May 13, 2013)



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