The number of Big Ten regulars with an OPS mark above 1.000 dwindles with each passing week. Heading into the last weekend of conference play, only three players remain. Ohio State 3B Ronnie Bourquin is in at 1.082. Mitch Hilligoss, Purdue's shortstop, is second at 1.051. Buckeye catcher Eric Fryer completes our trio at 1.033.
As I've done in some recent weeks, I've taken the time to review the Mid-American Conference for those over the magical 1.000 mark. Seven MAC players still have the ultra-high OPS figure. The list begins with Drew Saylor of Kent State at 1.100. Ben Humphrey, Central Michigan, is next at 1.090. Third is Ball State's Brad Miller at 1.084. Kurt Eichorn, another Kent State player, checks in at 1.073. Kurt Davidson of Akron is fifth at 1.031. Willie Walker, Ohio, is at 1.013. Finally, at 1.009, Todd Balduf, the third KSU student, rounds out the group.
As a double bonus, and because I am plain nuts, I did Mid-Continent Conference numbers. Yes, Mid-Con baseball. I can hear the cost of my therapy increasing as I type the words. Regardless, Ryan Manthei of Valpo is first at 1.062. Second, at 1.043, is Oral Roberts' Chad Rothford. Tim Ryan, Centenary, in third with a 1.039 figure. John Torres of Chicago State makes the list at 1.015. Right behind Torres, is Andy Bouchie of Oral Roberts at 1.013. The last Mid-Con regular above 1.000 is Justin Sotelo of Southern Utah at 1.005.