Big Ten Players of the Week

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KnudsonMinnesota PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kyle Knudson, Minnesota

Sr., C, Maple Grove, Minn./Maple Grove

Knudson earns Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading Minnesota to a series sweep over Penn State, propelling the Golden Gophers into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings. The catcher batted .615, reached base at a .643 clip and slugged at a 1.308 average, combining for an OPS of 1.951. Knudson’s best game came on Sunday as he went 5-for-5 on his Senior Day, driving in three runs and scoring two with a home run and a triple. The Maple Grove, Minn., native totaled five runs scored and six RBI for the weekend, also knocking four extra-base hits, including a pair of long balls. The weekly accolade is the first of Knudson’s career and the second for a Minnesota hitter this season.

Last MINN Player of the Week: Michael Kvasnicka (April 5, 2010)

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

TJ Oakes, Minnesota

Fr., RHP, Jordan, Minn./JordanTJOakes

Oakes picks up Pitcher of the Week laurels after leading Minnesota to a 5-1 victory over Penn State on Saturday, helping the Gophers into sole possession of first place in the conference standings. The freshman  tossed a career-high eight innings and allowed just one earned run and five base runners. Oakes was perfect through the first 5.1 frames, retiring the first 16 batters he faced. The right-hander held Penn State, who entered the series with a .333 average during conference play, to just .148 hitting in the outing. Oakes grabs the first weekly honor of his career and the fourth for the Minnesota pitching staff this season.

Last MINN Pitcher of the Week: Scott Matyas (May 11, 2010)

2010 BIG TEN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Feb. 22                 F: Jonathan Roof, Jr., MSU

                                P: Alex Wimmers, Jr., OSU

March 1                F: Michael Stephens, Sr., OSU

                                P: Kurt Wunderlich, Jr., MSU

                                    Matt Morgan, Jr., PUR

March 8                F: Zach Hurley, Sr., OSU

                                P: Francis Brooke, So., NU

March 15             F: Matt Dittman, Jr., ILL

                                     Micah Johnson, Fr., IND

                                P: Matt Bischoff, Sr., PUR            

March 22             F: Zach Hurley, Sr., OSU

                                P: A.J. Achter, Jr., MSU

March 29             F: Willie Argo, So., ILL

                                    Alex Dickerson, So., IND

                                P: Seth Rosin, Jr., MINN

April 5                   F: Michael Kvasnicka, Jr., MINN

                                P: Matt Bischoff, Sr., PUR

April 12                 F: Ryan LaMarre, Jr., MICH

                                P: Alex Wimmers, Jr., OSU

April 19                 F: Josh Lyon, So., IND

                                     Patrick Biondi, Fr., MICH

                                P: Tyler Burgoon, Jr., MICH

April 26                 F: Bo Felt, Sr., MSU

                                    Ben Heath, Jr., PSU

                                P: Seth Rosin, Jr., MINN

May 3                    F: Steve Snyder, Fr., PSU

                                P: David Lutz, Sr., PSU

May 11                 F: Alex Dickerson, So., IND

                                    Kurtis Muller, Jr., IOWA

                                P: Scott Matyas, Jr., MINN

May 17                 F: Kyle Knudson, Sr., MINN

                                P: TJ Oakes, Fr., MINN