Here's the first All-Weekend Team of May. On this week's side, we have plenty of faces from Illinois, Michigan State and Minnesota. All three swept their weekend sets. Of course, we have Mr. No-Hitter, as well.
C: Aaron Johnson, Illinois - The Illini catcher went six-for-fourteen (.429) with three runs scored and seven RBI in the sweep of Northwestern. Johnson also was added to the Johnny Bench Award (National Catcher of the Year) watch list today. It's much deserved.
C: Kyle Knudson, Minnesota - Hit .583 (7-for-12) in the series against Iowa. Walked four times, scored three runs and had seven RBI.
1B: Jeff Holm, Michigan State - Seven hits in twelve at-bats for the Spartans firstbaseman lands him on this week's squad. Holm walked, stole a base, doubled twice, scored three times and drove in four. Did you know this guy's in the top five in the Big Ten in stolen bases?
2B: Derek McCallum, Minnesota - Hit .500 (7-for-14) in the sweep of Iowa. McCallum walked, stole a base, got hit-by-a-pitch, doubled twice, homered twice, scored six runs and had five RBI. Any wonder why he's in the running for player of the year?
SS: Brandon Wikoff, Illinois - Had nine hits in thirteen at-bats (.692) in three games. Wikoff had a sacrifice fly, a pair of doubles, a pair of walks, crossed home plate six times and drove in seven runs. Wikoff was named as the conference's Player of the Week, as well.
SS: Jonathan Roof, Michigan State - Hit .385 (5-for-13) off Penn State pitching. Roof had a sac fly, steal, five RBI and six runs scored.
3B: Dominic Altobelli, Illinois - A double, homer, seven hits (in fifteen at-bats), four runs scored and five RBI.
OF: Willie Argo, Illinois - Hit .400 (4-for-10) against Northwestern pitching this past weekend. Two homers, two walks, four runs scored and five RBI for the Illini frosh. His last two weeks have him back in the discussion for conference freshman of the year.
OF: Michael Kvasnicka, Minnesota - Six-for-fourteen (.429) for the Gophers' sophomore vs. Iowa. A walk, double, homer, two steals, five runs scored and six RBI.
OF: Ryan Dew, Ohio State - Went seven-for-thirteen (.538) against Michigan. Dew homered, drove in six runs and scored three. Dew's quietly making a run at the batting title.
BN: Dallas Burke, Iowa - The Hawkeyes' freshman hit .615 (8-for-13) vs. Gophers' pitching. Burke doubled, homered, stole a base, walked twice, scored a run and drove in six.
BN: Matt Nohelty, Minnesota - The Gophers' leadoff man had just two hits, but walked eight times in the three games vs. Iowa. The senior got plunked by a pitch, tripled, stole two bases, drove in a run and scored seven times.
BN: A.J. Pettersen, Minnesota - Following Nohelty's lead, the Gophers' freshman scored seven runs in three games. Pettersen walked, got hit by a pair of pitches and drove in four. The shortstop had four hits in thirteen at-bats (.308).
BN: Eric Charles, Purdue - Hit an impressive .636 (seven-for-eleven) vs. Indiana. Charles got hit-by-a-pitch, walked, had two RBI and five runs scored.
BN: Chris Roberts, Michigan State - The Spartans' secondbaseman scored five runs and had four RBI in the sweep over Penn State. Roberts walked, stole a base, had an HBP, homered and went 4-for-12 (.333).
BN: Eric Roof, Michigan State - The catcher hit .444 (four-for-nine) in three games. Roof doubled, walked four times, scored three times and drove in two.
SP: Alex Wimmers, Ohio State - You knew this was coming. Wimmers claimed a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honor and the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award by tossing the first nine-inning no-hitter in Ohio State history. Wimmers allowed only four walks and struck out fourteen in beating Michigan.
SP: Nolan Moody, Michigan State - Eight innings of four-hit, one-run baseball for the Spartans' senior. Moody walked three and fanned nine. The Spartans' Friday starter is a big reason why MSU is having such a surprising season.
SP: Bryan Roberts, Illinois - Improved to 5-2 by posting seven shutout innings. Roberts gave up five hits and three walks while striking out five.
SP: A.J. Achter, Michigan State - One run, but it was unearned, over eight innings make Achter the second MSU pitcher on the AWT. Achter K'd five while giving up eight hits and three walks.
SP: Phil Haig, Illinois - The Illini lefty tossed a complete game victory. Haig gave up two runs, one earned, on just six hits. He struck out three Wildcats.
That's right. No bullpen this week. You are welcome to make your case to add additional pitchers or a closer, or any other spot for that matter, but no other arms caught my attention this past weekend. You also are well aware that I question my own math, so the numbers above could be wrong. Very, very wrong. Again, drop me an email, if I've erred.
As it is May, that means the regular season is rapidly winding down. After this week's AWT, only two more remain. You have my permission to reach for a Kleenex.