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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 4/8/2024, Last updated: 4/8/2024
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Indiana and Nebraska Secure Weekly Baseball Honors

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its baseball weekly awards for games played April 2-7.

Player of the Week

Tyler Cerny, Indiana

So. – SS — Greenwood, Ind. — Center Grove

  • Helped Indiana become the first team to win a Big Ten series at Maryland since 2019

  • Batted .450 (9-for-20) with a home run and six RBI

  • Scored 11 runs in four games for the Hoosiers, who outscored their opponents, 50-19, on the week

  • Recorded four hits in Indiana’s 16-7 win over 25th-ranked Indiana State on April 2

  • Collects his first Big Ten Player of the Week accolade

  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Devin Taylor (Feb. 26, 2024)

Pitcher of the Week

Brett Sears, Nebraska

Sr. – S-RHP — Westphalia, Iowa — Western Illinois

  • Pitched a complete-game shutout for No. 22 Nebraska in a 3-0 win over Ohio State on April 5 in Lincoln, Neb.

  • Held the Buckeyes to two hits while striking out nine and facing 28 batters, one over the minimum

  • Limited OSU to a .071 batting average, allowing no walks, hit batters or errors

  • Became first NU pitcher to record seven consecutive quality starts since 2002

  • The Golden Spikes Watch List recipient receives his first Big Ten pitcher award

  • Last Nebraska Pitcher of the Week: Emmett Olson (April 10, 2023)

Freshman of the Week

Joey Brenczewski, Indiana

Fr. – 1B — Fishers, Ind. — Fishers

  • Batted .375 and reached base at a .524 clip for an Indiana team that went 3-1 on the week

  • Drove in six runs and crossed the plate seven times for the Hoosiers, who scored 14+ runs in three consecutive games for the first time since 1992

  • Struck out just once in 16 at-bats and connected for four hits in the series-opening win

  • Registered 24 putouts and an assist at first base filling in for an injured starter

  • A first-time winner, becomes the second Hoosier in as many weeks to earn freshman honors

  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Jasen Oliver (April 1, 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

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

April 8

PL: Tyler Cerny, So., SS, IND

P: Brett Sears, Sr., S-RHP, NEB

F: Joey Brenczewski, Fr., 1B, IND