Kemp Named Big Ten POW
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior outfielder/pitcher Joe Kemp has been selected the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 27, the league office announced on Tuesday. The honor is the second of Kemp's career.
Kemp led Indiana to a 3-1 record opening the 2005 campaign. He closed out the four-game stretch batting .353 (6-for-17) with two home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored. Additionally, Kemp returned to the mound for the first time since the 2002 season and tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the Hoosiers' season-opening victory over DePauw on Feb. 22, and earned the win against Memphis on Feb. 26.
Along with its victory over DePauw, Indiana went 2-1 at the Service Academy Classic in Millington, Tenn., where Kemp was named to the all-tournament team. The Bowie, Md., native hit his first home run and drove in a pair of runs in IU's 5-4 victory over Indiana State on Feb. 25.
Kemp followed that performance with a 2-for-4 evening to go along with three RBI, three runs, his second home run and his second career victory, as the Hoosiers knocked off Memphis, 9-8, in 10 innings.
With hits in each of the four games during the week, Kemp extended his hitting streak to 11 games (dating back to last season).
"Joe had a productive weekend," said Indiana head coach Bob Morgan. "He swung the bat well, played good defense, and he also was able to come in and get a win on the mound. He had a real good weekend, and hopefully he can continue to build on that."
Brian Blomquist of Illinois earned Pitcher of the Week honors.
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