Feb. 18, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Hoosier Baseball's Sam Travis and Evan Bell have been named the Big Ten's Player of the Week and Co-Freshman of the Week, respectively. Brad Goldberg (Ohio State) earned Pitcher of the Week honors while Josh Estill (Purdue) shared the Frosh accolades with Bell.
This marks Travis' third conference Player of the Week recognition in his young career, taking the award twice as a freshman (also named Freshman of the Week three times).
Travis started his 2013 campaign by hitting .583, slugging 1.167 and reaching base at a .706 pace. The sophomore first baseman clubbed four doubles and a homerun in leading IU to a '2-out-of-3' weekend in the Big East-Big Ten Challenge that included a victory over #4 Louisville. Travis paced IU with four RBI down in Florida. His damage was impressive enough, but magnified even more when noting he was intentionally walked three times to limit his opportunities. In total, Travis was given five free passes (4 BB, 1 HBP) with zero strikeouts. Travis' three doubles against USF tied the all-time school record, just the fifth Hoosier to ever do so and the first since All-Big Ten First Team DH Josh Lyon accomplished the feat in 2010 vs. Iowa.
In his first collegiate appearance, Bell hurled four innings of shutout baseball to secure a tight 2-0 victory over #4 Louisville in the season opener. He entered into a 1-0 ball game in the fifth inning and worked the bump for the next four frames, allowing just two base runners while striking out a pair. Bell was credited with the win in IU's combined shutout of the top-5 Cardinals.