Yes, it's finally here. The All-Weekend Team has arrived. This week's dilemma? Outside of a trio of truly outstanding pitching performances, I struggled to complete a pitching staff. In the end, I opted to go without a starting reliever. (Much like the Detroit Tigers, come to think of it.)
Let's be honest, when you've got a starter tossing a no-hitter and another going ten innings to get the win, we don't need no stinkin' relievers. I'm confident, however, that one (or more) of you will call me out and point out a reliever worthy of a first-team selection. You may even like me to add another starter. Per usual, I'm all ears. Not as usual, I've got a cold and hear even less than normal. Thus, your suggestions, accurate as they may be, may go unheeded.
C: Kyle Knudson, Minnesota - A .455 (6-for-11) average with six RBI merits Knudson an All-Weekend Team nomination. Knudson scored a run and doubled twice.
C: Josh Phegley, Indiana - Two bombs and a double amongst his four hits (.308). The All-American walked three times and scored five runs.
1B: Jerrud Sabourin, Indiana - A five-for-twelve (.417) weekend versus the Illini. Sabourin hit three doubles, walked twice and scored three times.
2B: Eric Charles, Purdue - Seven hits in fifteen at-bats (.467) for the Boilers' secondbaseman. Charles scored three runs and drove in two more.
2B: Derek McCallum, Minnesota - The Gophers' 2B hit .357 (5-for-14) against OSU. He doubled three times, scored four times and drove in five.
SS: A.J. Pettersen, Minnesota - Another AWT nod for the redshirt freshman. Pettersen hit .545 (6-for-11) with three walks, a double, triple, five RBI and six runs scored.
3B: Dan Black, Purdue - Black hit .500 (4-for-8) with six walks. Purdue's thirdbaseman hit a pair of doubles, a homer, scored three runs and drove in five.
OF: Ryan Durant, Iowa - The junior hit .429 (6-for-14) in three games. Durant scored three runs, drove in three, tripled and stole a base.
OF: Brandon Haveman, Purdue - An eight-for-twelve (.667) weekend lands Haveman on the AWT. He scored four times, had a RBI, walked twice and doubled three times.
OF: Ryan LaMarre, Michigan - The sophomore hit .583 (7-for-12) versus PSU. LaMarre had two doubles, three walks, three homers, scored four runs and drove in nine runs.
DH: Alex Dickerson, Indiana - Two more homers including a game winner for the IU freshman. Dickerson went 6-for-11 (.545) with two runs scored, two walks, got hit by a pitch and had five RBI.
BN: Brandon Wikoff, Illinois - Just a .583 (7-for-12) performance for the steady Illini shortstop. Wikoff scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base.
BN: Justin Toole, Iowa - Six hits in fourteen at-bats (.529) with two walks, two doubles, two steals, two RBI and five runs scored.
BN: Jordan Steranka, Penn State - Becoming a regular AWT member. Steranka had four RBI, three runs scored, a walk, a homer and a seven-for-fifteen (.467) weekend vs. Michigan.
BN: Louie Picconi, Penn State - A .500 average (4-for-8) in only two games. The PSU middle infielder had a double, got hit by a pitch, scored three times and drove in six.
BN: A.J. Shindler, Michigan State - Five-for-eight (.625) against NU. The Spartans' thirdbaseman hit three doubles, drew a walk, scored a run and had six RBI.
SP: Nolan Moody, Michigan State - A no-hitter versus NU. The senior righthander allowed just two walks over nine innings. He struck out five and improved to 4-3 on the season.
SP: Chauncy Handran, Minnesota - Seven innings of two-run baseball against OSU. Handran relinquished seven hits and three walks while striking out four.
SP: Eric Arnett, Indiana - A ten inning complete game victory. The IU righthander surrendered just one run on seven hits and two walks. Arnett fanned six and is now 6-1.
BP: Chris Fetter, Michigan - 11 K's in eight innings. The senior gave up four runs, but only two were earned. PSU collected seven hits and two walks versus the All-American.
BP: Paul Cianciolo, Penn State - Five innings of five-hit ball versus Michigan. Cianciolo gave up one run and didn't allow a free pass en route to his second win of the year.