Freshman Johnson Named Big Ten co-Player of the Week
March 15, 2010
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Freshman third baseman Micah Johnson (Indianapolis/Park Tudor) has been named the Big Ten co-Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. Johnson, who hit .467 with four home runs in three games last week, is the first Hoosier and the first freshman this year to win Big Ten weekly honors. He is the first Hoosier to earn POW honors since Alex Dickerson garnered the award following the Illinois series last year.
Johnson had multiple hits and hit at least one home run in all three games for the Hoosiers last week. The freshman went 7-for-15 with four longballs, eight RBI, five runs and a stolen base to post a 1.267 slugging percentage and a .467 on-base average for a 1.734 OPS on the week. He shares conference honors with Illinois' Matt Dittman, who .615 in four games over the weekend.
The Indianapolis native drove in an IU season-high five runs in a tough 9-7 loss to No. 10 Louisville on Wednesday. Johnson hit two home runs to become the first Hoosier freshman on record to hit two longballs in a game, and the first Hoosier to hit a pair of bombs in a contest since Josh Phegley (May 12, 2009, vs. Evansville).
In IU's first Spring Trip game, the Park Tudor grad went 3-for-5 with a mammoth solo homer against Miami. He added his second stolen base of the year and a pair of singles in the contest. Johnson followed that with a two-hit game in a 9-0 win over Central Michigan, mashing his fourth homer in five days and scoring a pair of runs.
He is now hitting .328 on the season and has started every game at third base, where he is among the league leaders with 33 assists. Since moving to the leadoff spot two weeks ago, the lefty has hit .367 with nine of his 12 RBI on the year. He is tied for the team lead with 11 runs scored on the season and his four longballs and 12 RBI trail only Alex Dickerson, the Big Ten's leader with six home runs on the year. The Hoosiers play Yale at 3 p.m. ET on Monday at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven.
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