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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 3/25/2024, Last updated: 3/26/2024
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Illinois, Maryland and Rutgers Collect Baseball Honors

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its baseball weekly awards for games played March 19-24.

Player of the Week

Drake Westcott, Illinois

Jr. – 1B — Edwardsville, Ill. — Louisville

  • Batted .400 (6-for-15) with a home run and 6 RBI to help Illinois to a 3-1 record

  • Scored five runs, drew five walks and handled 33 chances without an error at first base

  • Compiled a slash of .400/.600/.800 and a 1.400 OPS as Illinois took its first series at Indiana since the 2008 season

  • Earns his third career player of the week award and second of the season

  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Drake Westcott (March 4, 2024)

Pitcher of the Week

Justin Sinibaldi, Rutgers

Sr. – S-LHP — Bridgewater, N.J. — Bridgewater-Raritan

  • Recorded a complete game, 3-0 shutout win against UConn on March 22 in Piscataway

  • Held the 2023 NCAA Regional participants to four hits (all singles) and a .133 batting average.

  • Retired the side in the eighth inning on just six pitches; threw 110 pitches for the game

  • Struck out nine Huskie batters and produced 11 ground outs

  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection receives his first Big Ten Pitcher award

  • Last Rutgers Pitcher of the Week: Christian Coppola (Feb. 26, 2024)

Freshman of the Week

Brayden Martin, Maryland

Fr. – UTL — Bowie, Md. — St. John’s College

  • Posted a team-best .600 batting average (6-for-10) along with a .667 on-base percentage and .600 slugging percentage over four games last week

  • Produced not one, but two walk-off singles, helping Maryland to a pair of 10-inning wins against Michigan State on Friday and Sunday

  • Saw action in left field, as a designated hitter and a pinch hitter in helping Maryland to its 23rd-consecutive Big Ten series win

  • Collects the first Big Ten Freshman award of his career

  • Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Kyle McCoy (May 1, 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