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Illinois, Indiana and Michigan Awarded Baseball Honors

Illinois, Indiana and Michigan Awarded Baseball Honors

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its baseball weekly awards for games played March 26-31.
Player of the Week
Jacob Schroeder, Illinois
Sr. – C — Homewood-Flossmoor — John A. Logan CC

  • Helped Illinois to a 4-0 record, including a three-game sweep of Penn State in Champaign, Ill.
  • Compiled a slash line of .533/.632/1.333 along with a 1.964 OPS
  • Launched three home runs (including a grand slam), recorded nine RBI and crossed the plate nine times
  • Currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, collects his first career Player of the Week award
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Drake Westcott (March 25, 2024)


Pitcher of the Week
Jacob Denner, Michigan
5th – S-LHP — Closter, N.J. — Bergen Catholic

  • Threw 7.2 innings of three-hit ball in a March 30 start against Maryland
  • Allowed just six baserunners and struck out six batters in a 12-1 win, holding the Terrapins to a .125 batting average
  • Moved into a fourth-place tie on Michigan’s career appearances list (76)
  • The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection earns his second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award, having previously been honored on May 8, 2023
  • Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Kurt Barr (March 18, 2024)


Freshman of the Week
Jasen Oliver, Indiana
Fr. – 2B — Almont, Mich. — Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep

  • Compiled a .550 batting average (11-for-20) with three multiple-hit games
  • Recorded three home runs, seven RBI and a 1.150 slugging percentage
  • Extended hitting streak to 11 games
  • Receives his first Big Ten Freshman of the Year honor of the season
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Tyler Cerny (April 24, 2023)


2024 Big Ten Baseball Weekly Awards
Feb. 19
PL: Matt Maloney, Jr., C, PSU
P: Connor Foley, So., S-RHP, IND
F: Luke Gaffney, Fr., 1B, PUR
Feb. 26
PL: Devin Taylor, So., OF, IND
P: Christian Coppola, So., S-RHP, RU
F: Luke Gaffney, Fr., 1B, PUR
March 4
PL: Drake Westcott, Jr., 1B, ILL
PL: Nick Williams, Jr., OF, MSU
P: Mitch Voit, So., S-RHP/INF, MICH
F: Ryan McKay, Fr., 2B, MSU
March 11
PL: Rhett Stokes, Jr., IF, NEB
P: Cade Obermueller, So., S-LHP, IOWA
F: Kyle Remington, Fr., R-RHP, MINN
F: Luke Gaffney, Fr., 1B, PUR
March 18
PL: Josh Kuroda-Grauer, Jr., SS, RU
P: Kurt Barr, So., R-RHP, MICH
F: Ty Doucette, Fr., 1B, RU
March 25
PL: Drake Westcott, Jr.,…

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