Tuesday, March 13, 2007

All-Weekend Team

A day later than I would have preferred, but here is the All-Weekend Team. I'll be totally up front, this was a brutal week to pick weekend stars. Oh, there were some tremendous performances, but not too many posted great numbers over the three days. Basically, I had to review lots of boxscores and do far more math than I am capable of.

I'll start with the pitching staff, as they were an easier group to select.

Starter - Cory Luebke, Ohio State (9.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K's in complete game win)
Starter - Jon Kibler, Michigan State (7.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K's in win)
Starter - Craig Brookes, Michigan State (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's in win)
Starter - Scott Gaffney, Penn State (7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, & K's in no decision vs. #23 Wichita St.)
Relief - Rory Meister, Ohio State (2 wins, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's)
Closer - Jake Hale, Ohio State (2 saves, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's)

Catcher - Kyle Day, Michigan State (4 for 9, 4 runs, 3 rbi, 1 sb)
Firstbase - Evan Friedland, Michigan State (5 for 13, 1 run, 4 rbi, 1 sb)
Secondbase - Steve Gerstenberger, Michigan State (9 for 14, 5 runs, 4 rbi, 2 sb)
Shortstop - Jason Christian, Michigan (5 for 12, 3 runs, 2 rbi, 1 sb; hit for cycle vs. Oklahoma)
Thirdbase - Brandon Wikoff, Illinois (4 for 12, 2 runs, 3 rbi)
Outfield - Justin Potes, Michigan State (6 for 13, 3 runs, 3 rbi, 2 sb)
Outfield - Ryan Snowden, Illinois (4 for 11, 5 runs, 3 sb)
Outfield - Kyle Hudson, Illinois (3 for 8, 1 run, 3 rbi, 2 bb, 3 sb)
Utility - J.B. Shuck, Ohio State (6 for 10, 3 runs, 2 RBI; 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K's)

Note a repeating theme here? Ohio State, Michigan State and Illinois are well represented. In large part, because they actually mustered some consistent offense. That led to victories, as well. Of course, not playing nationally ranked teams helped, too, but every team in the Big Ten must post wins regardless of who is on the schedule.

As I had to review and re-review (is that a word?) lots of boxscores, there is even greater potential than normal that I may have missed someone who is deserving. If you know of someone who merits inclusion, as always, drop me an email or post something in the comments section here.