Kemp Named Big Ten Player of the Week
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior Joe Kemp has been selected the Big Ten Baseball Conference Player of the Week for the period ending March 21, the league office announced on Monday. The honor is the first of Kemp's career and marks the first for an Indiana player this season.
Kemp, who plays first base and in the outfield, guided Indiana to a 3-1 week in Bradenton, Fla., while driving in six runs and scoring six more to earn Big Ten Player of the Week laurels. Kemp batted .533 (8-of-15) in the four-game set and boasted a slugging percentage of 1.067, as five of his eight hits went for extra bases, including three doubles, a triple and a home run.
Kemp recorded three RBI, three runs, two doubles and a long ball on Saturday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In that game, he boosted IU into the lead with an eighth-inning homer and scored the game-winning run after leading off with a double in the ninth. Overall, Kemp is hitting .342 on the season and leads the Hoosiers with 10 doubles.
Purdue's Scott Byrnes and Northwestern's Dan Brauer shared pitcher-of-the-week honors.
Indiana (11-7) next plays on Tuesday, March 23, at home. The Hoosiers will face Indiana Wesleyan at 1:30 p.m.
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