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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 2/26/2024, Last updated: 2/27/2024
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Indiana, Purdue and Rutgers Collect Baseball Weekly Honors

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its baseball weekly awards for games played Feb. 19-25.

Player of the Week

Devin Taylor, Indiana

So. – OF — Cincinnati, Ohio — LaSalle

  • Batted .667 (10-for-15) with three home runs and six RBI to fuel Indiana to a 4-0 week, including a sweep at Baylor

  • Compiled a 1.333 slugging percentage, .750 on-base percentage and a 2.083 OPS

  • Scored 10 runs and compiled 17 total bases while making 12 putouts in left field

  • The 2023 Big Ten Freshman of the Year earns his first weekly Player award

  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Josh Pyne (May 15, 2023)

Pitcher of the Week

Christian Coppola, Rutgers

So. – S-RHP — Galloway, N.J. — Cedar Creek

  • Hurled six innings of one-hit ball in a 10-3 win over Old Dominion on Feb. 23

  • Retired the final 11 batters he faced, fanning the side in the sixth to finish with nine strikeouts

  • Held the Monarchs to a .053 batting average and two earned runs in his second start of the season

  • The 2023 All-Big Ten First Team selection garners his second career Pitcher award

  • Last Rutgers Pitcher of the Week: Christian Coppola (April 17, 2023)

Freshman of the Week

Luke Gaffney, Purdue

Fr. – 1B — Danville, Ky. — Boyle County

  • Hit .500 (8-for-16) and drove in six runs as Purdue took three of four games from George Mason, a 2023 NCAA Regional finalist

  • Recorded a .500/.529/.938 slash line and reached base in nine of his 17 plate appearances

  • Extended his hitting streak to eight consecutive games to begin his collegiate career

  • Captures the weekly Freshman award for the second-straight week

  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Luke Gaffney (Feb. 19, 2024)

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