Means Named Big Ten Player of the Week
March 20, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore outfielder Andrew Means of the Indiana baseball team has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday, March 20. Means led the Hoosiers to four wins in five games last week, hitting .500 with eight runs and eight steals to lead the team in all three categories.
Means had multiple hits in all five games last week and went 13-for-26 at the dish. He scored a run in each ballgame for IU as the Hoosiers finished their spring trip with a four-game win streak. It is the sophomore's first weekly honor from the conference and the first honor for a Hoosier since Reggie Watson was named Player of the Week on May 16, 2006.
The Avon Lake, Ohio, native began his week with a career-high four hits in seven at-bats in a 16-inning affair against North Florida on Wednesday, March 15. In that contest he drove in a pair of runs, scored one and stole a base. He followed that up with a career-best three steals the next night against the Ospreys, going 2-for-5 at the plate. With the score tied 9-9 in the eighth and Josh Phegley on second with two outs, Means ripped a game-winning RBI single to left center to ice the victory.
In IU's three-game series against Florida A&M, Means opened the set with a 2-for-4 outing, swiping two bags and scoring two runs. In the final game of the series, the sophomore went 3-for-6, scoring three runs and driving in three to go along with his third game of the week with multiple steals, notching his 10th and 11th steals of the season. On the year, Means is hitting .349 with a team-leading 11 steals and 14 runs.
Indiana is back in action this weekend with a three-game series against IPFW, with first pitch on Friday, March 23, slated for 3 p.m. EDT. The Hoosiers and Mastodons will play both Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
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