Tuesday, April 14, 2009

All-Weekend Team

Life has managed to keep me from completing this edition of the All-Weekend Team before now. However, I'm now able to submit this week's entry for your review. Let's take a look at some of the better performances from the past weekend.

C: Dan Burkhart, Ohio State - Three-for-nine (.333) might not knock your socks off, but Burkhart did manage to homer, walk twice, score twice and drive in four in the three game sweep of MSU.

1B: Matt Dittman, Illinois - The Big Ten's Player of the Week hit .545 (6-for-11) versus Michigan. Dittman doubled, homered, walked twice, scored four times and drove in four more.

1B: Nick O'Shea, Minnesota - The Gophers' firstbaseman had only four hits (.333). However, they were two doubles and two homers. The redshirt freshman scored two runs and had five RBI in three games.

2B: Eric Charles, Purdue - Arguably the hottest hitter in the conference. Charles now leads the Big Ten in batting average after a 4-for-11 (.363) weekend. Charles walked three times, stole two bases and got hit-by-a-pitch. He scored four runs and drove in four.

SS: Tyler Engle, Ohio State - Engle makes an appearance after a .444 (4-for-9) set against MSU. He tripled, walked twice and scored four runs for the Bucks.

3B: Dan Black, Purdue - The conference leader in on-base and slugging percentage hit .500 (6-for-12) against Penn State. Black walked three times, homered twice, scored three times and had three RBI.

3B: Chris Lashmet, Northwestern - The sophomore hit .636 (7-for-11) versus Minnesota. Lashmet had three doubles and scored four times against the Gophers.

OF: Alex Jaffee, Purdue - Another Boiler that hit .500 (6-for-12) over the weekend. Jaffee stole a base, walked, drove in two runs and scored four runs.

OF: Zach Hurley, Ohio State - The Buckeyes' leadoff man went 5-for-10 (.500) with four runs scored and four RBI. Hurley walked four times, stole a base and homered.

OF: Ryan LaMarre, Michigan - LaMarre returns to the AWT with a four-for-six (.667) series against Illinois pitching. LaMarre walked four times, got hit-by-a-pitch and homered. The sophomore also scored five runs and had three RBI.

OF: Rick Marlin, Penn State - A .417 (5-for-12) weekend at Michigan lands Marlin on the AWT. Marlin walked, hit three doubles, scored twice and had five RBI.

BN: Josh Phegley, Indiana - Your All-America catcher went 4-for-11 (.363) at Iowa. Phegley homered, walked three times, drove in two runs and scored four more.

BN: Kipp Schutz, Indiana - A 5-for-12 (.417) run this weekend gets Schutz on the AWT. Schutz doubled twice, walked, scored twice and drove in four versus the Hawkeyes.

BN: Kyle Knudson, Minnesota - The Gophers' catcher scored two runs, drove in two more while collecting five hits in twelve at-bats (.417) vs. Northwestern.

BN: Brandon Haveman, Purdue - Haveman hit .307 (4-for-13) against PSU. The senior OF homered, doubled, stole a base, walked twice, had two RBI and scored four runs. He sold some popcorn and programs between innings, too.

BN: Nick Overmyer, Purdue - Five-for-thirteen (.385) for the Boilermakers' shortstop. He scored three runs and drove in three more.

BN: Joe Bonadonna, Illinois - The Illini leadoff hitter went 4-for-12 (.333) with a run scored and six RBI.

SP: Alex Wimmers, Ohio State - A complete game win (get used to hearing that) against MSU. Wimmers went nine innings giving up one run on just two hits and two walks. He fanned 11 Spartans along the way.

SP: Eric Arnett, Indiana - A complete game victory versus Iowa. Arnett yielded just one run on two hits and two walks. The IU righty also struck out 11 in his outing.

SP: Chris Fetter, Michigan - A complete game win versus Illinois. Fetter goes the distance allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. Fetter struck out a career high 13.

RP: Scott Matyas, Minnesota - 2.2 innings pitched in two appearances. 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts and two saves.

BP: Tom Buske, Minnesota - Buske went eight innings allowing one run on three hits and a walk. He struck out six en route to his fifth win of the season.

BP: Matt Bischoff, Purdue - A complete game win. Four runs on ten hits and a walk. Bischoff K'd 11 Nittany Lions.

BP: Matt Morgan, Purdue - A complete game victory. Morgan gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits and five walks. He struck out five.

BP: Blake Monar, Indiana - A complete game victory. Two runs on ten hits and two walks. The frosh fanned nine.

BP: Matt Bashore, Indiana - 8.1 innings of six-hit baseball. Bashore did allow four runs, but only two were earned. He struck out 10.

It was certainly a busy weekend for Big Ten starters, a subject I hope to address at greater length within the next day or two. It did, however, make it easy to assemble a pitching staff for the AWT.

Of course, by now, you know the drill. The math is always questionable. I could have easily overlooked someone, as well. If you've got issues with my selections or my ability to add, subtract, multiply or divide, drop me an email and I'll review your case and make any appropriate changes. (Presuming I feel there are appropriate changes necessary.)