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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 4/1/2024, Last updated: 4/2/2024
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Illinois, Indiana and Michigan Awarded Baseball Honors

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its baseball weekly awards for games played March 26-31.

Player of the Week

Jacob Schroeder, Illinois

Sr. – C — Homewood-Flossmoor — John A. Logan CC

  • Helped Illinois to a 4-0 record, including a three-game sweep of Penn State in Champaign, Ill.

  • Compiled a slash line of .533/.632/1.333 along with a 1.964 OPS

  • Launched three home runs (including a grand slam), recorded nine RBI and crossed the plate nine times

  • Currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, collects his first career Player of the Week award

  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Drake Westcott (March 25, 2024)

Pitcher of the Week

Jacob Denner, Michigan

5th – S-LHP — Closter, N.J. — Bergen Catholic

  • Threw 7.2 innings of three-hit ball in a March 30 start against Maryland

  • Allowed just six baserunners and struck out six batters in a 12-1 win, holding the Terrapins to a .125 batting average

  • Moved into a fourth-place tie on Michigan’s career appearances list (76)

  • The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection earns his second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award, having previously been honored on May 8, 2023

  • Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Kurt Barr (March 18, 2024)

Freshman of the Week

Jasen Oliver, Indiana

Fr. – 2B — Almont, Mich. — Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep

  • Compiled a .550 batting average (11-for-20) with three multiple-hit games

  • Recorded three home runs, seven RBI and a 1.150 slugging percentage

  • Extended hitting streak to 11 games

  • Receives his first Big Ten Freshman of the Year honor of the season

  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Tyler Cerny (April 24, 2023)

2024 Big Ten Baseball Weekly Awards

Feb. 19

PL: Matt Maloney, Jr., C, PSU

P: Connor Foley, So., S-RHP, IND

F: Luke Gaffney, Fr., 1B, PUR

Feb. 26

PL: Devin Taylor, So., OF, IND

P: Christian Coppola, So., S-RHP, RU

F: Luke Gaffney, Fr., 1B, PUR

March 4

PL: Drake Westcott, Jr., 1B, ILL

PL: Nick Williams, Jr., OF, MSU

P: Mitch Voit, So., S-RHP/INF, MICH

F: Ryan McKay, Fr., 2B, MSU

March 11

PL: Rhett Stokes, Jr., IF, NEB

P: Cade Obermueller, So., S-LHP, IOWA

F: Kyle Remington, Fr., R-RHP, MINN

F: Luke Gaffney, Fr., 1B, PUR

March 18

PL: Josh Kuroda-Grauer, Jr., SS, RU

P: Kurt Barr, So., R-RHP, MICH

F: Ty Doucette, Fr., 1B, RU

March 25

PL: Drake Westcott, Jr., 1B, ILL

P: Justin Sinibaldi, Sr., S-LHP, RU

F: Brayden Martin, Fr., UTL, MD

April 1

PL: Jacob Schroeder, Sr., C, ILL

P: Jacob Denner, 5th, S-LHP, MICH

F: Jasen Oliver, Fr., 2B, IND