Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Hilligoss Tops In OPS

Purdue's Mitch Hilligoss continues to lead the Big Ten Conference in on base plus slugging percentage. The All-America shortstop has a 1.086 OPS figure as of Monday. Second in OPS is Ohio State 3B Ronnie Bourquin. Hilligoss and Bourquin are probably the leading contenders for Big Ten Player of the Year.

Third is Ryan Basham of Michigan State at 1.067. In strictly conference games, Basham has the highest batting average (.425) and slugging percentage (an impressive .701) and is third in on base percentage (.475). Eric Fryer, Ohio State, is next on the list at 1.066. Fryer's teammate, Jedidiah Stephen, is the last player in the Big Ten above the magical 1.000 mark. The Buckeyes' SS has an OPS of 1.010.