Monday, April 27, 2009

The All-Weekend Team

Welcome to this Spartans-heavy edition of the All-Weekend Team. En route to sweeping Iowa over the weekend, the Michigan State offense put double digits on the scoreboard each game. That led to some impressive stat lines and, in turn, to what I suspect is a record number of MSU names on the AWT.

C: Eric Roof, Michigan State - The Spartans receiver went 8-for-13 (.615), scored five runs and drove in a conference leading ten runs over the weekend. Roof homered twice, doubled, walked and hit a sac fly.

1B: Jeff Holm, Michigan State - Holm makes his second appearance based on a six-for-fourteen (.429) set at Iowa. Holm scored six runs and drove in six more. Holm homered, hit a sacrifice fly and stole a pair of bases. I'm also going to point out that Holm plays wicked good defense at first.

2B: Chris Roberts, Michigan State - A .438 average (7-for-16) lands Roberts on the AWT. Roberts doubled, tripled, walked, got hit-by-a-pitch, scored five runs and had six RBI in the sweep over Iowa. Those six RBI all came in one game and tied a school record.

SS: AJ Pettersen, Minnesota; Jonathan Roof, Michigan State; Brandon Wikoff, Illinois - Why have I combined all three of these players together? Well, truth be told, it wasn't a great weekend for hitting by shortstops. All three had roughly the same stats (ex: one may have had more RBI, the other more steals or walks), but all three played error-free baseball in their teams respective sweeps. Thus, all three get a single nod.

Cheesy? Lame? Gutless? Perhaps, but you expected nothing less from me, right?

3B: A.J. Shindler, Michigan State - Hit .500 (six-for-twelve) versus the Hawkeyes. Shindler doubled twice, walked three times, stole a base, drove in a run and scored eight times.

3B: Justin Miller, Ohio State - The ever-dependable Buckeye captain went 6-for-13 in three games. He scored three times and drove in nine OSU runs.

3B: Dominic Altobelli, Illinois - Dom hit .600 (6-for-10) at Penn State. He doubled, tripled, hit a sac fly, walked three times, scored five runs and had three RBI.

OF: Willie Argo, Illinois - The Illini freshman tore up Nittany Lions' pitching. Argo went 8-for-12 (.667) with a double, triple, walk, three homers, six runs scored and eight RBI.

OF: Sean Flanagan, Iowa - Yes, a Hawkeye did have a good weekend vs. MSU. The freshman went six-for-eleven (.545) with three runs scored and drove in two. Flanagan homered, doubled twice and walked three times.

OF: Eli Boike, Michigan State - Boike had a typical leadoff hitter weekend. He collected five hits, three walks, got hit-by-a-pitch, stole a base and scored seven times. Boike also drove in four runs as the Spartans might still be scoring runs at Iowa.

BN: Trevor Stevens, Northwestern - The Wildcats secondbaseman hit .500 (7-for-14) against OSU. He doubled, walked, stole a base and scored five NU runs.

BN: Dan Burkhart, Ohio State - Apparently, the NU staff decided to let someone other than Burkhart beat them. (Which, by the way, Miller appears to have done.) Burkhart walked six times in three games. While he collected just four hits in nine at-bats (.444), they were three doubles and a homerun. Burkhart had one RBI and scored four times.

BN: Josh Phegley, Indiana - It was deuces wild for the IU All-American. Phegley homered twice, walked twice, scored two runs and had two RBI. He also hit .545 (six-for-eleven) in three games.

BN: Mike McQuillan, Iowa - I know. The Hawks lose all three and land two faces on the AWT. The frosh infielder (have you noted how often "freshman" and "Iowa" go together?) hit a mere .538 (7-for-13) with three runs scored and three RBI. He also tripled and got plunked by a pitch.

SP: Chris Fetter, Michigan - Yet another complete game victory for the All-American candidate. Fetter yields two runs on eight hits and a single walk. The senior righthander also fans 12.

SP: Tom Buske, Minnesota - The Gophers' righthander goes 8.2 innings allowing just one run on eight hits. Buske didn't surrender a free pass and struck out seven Boilers in posting his sixth win.

SP: Seth Rosin, Minnesota - Allowed one run on on four hits over five innings. The Gophers' starter didn't walk anyone and struck out eight in those five innings. Rosin's now 4-2.

CL: Scott Matyas, Minnesota - Recorded two saves in two appearances. The Gophers' closer worked 1.1 innings of relief not allowing a run, hit or walk. He struck out one.

CL: Chris Squires, Indiana - Another reliever that had two saves in two outings. Squires threw four innings of shutout baseball at Michigan. The IU righty allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four.

BP: Luke Rasmussen, Minnesota - Two appearances totaling 2.1 innings of work. Rasmussen allowed two hits and a walkd, but not runs and won his third game of the season.

BP: Jake Hale, Ohio State - The Buckeyes' closer worked three innings in two appearances vs. NU. He didn't give up a run, hit or walk. He struck out four.

BP: Bryan Roberts, Illinois - Roberts earned victory number four by giving up two runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings. The Illini freshman struck out six Lions.

Do I really need to review the disclaimer? Well, for the sake of newbies, we'll go over the drill again. There's a good chance I've botched some or all the stats above. (Yes, in addition to being a poor writer, my math is terrible, too. Rest easy. I did not attend a Big Ten institution.)

There's an equally good chance I've overlooked a perfectly good candidate. (Let's be honest, after a while, all the boxscores start looking the same.) If you'd like to point out either my poor math skills or a player I've omitted, my email address is in the sidebar.