Heckman Honored By Big Ten
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University second baseman Corby Heckman has been named Co-Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week for the period of April 29 to May 4 the league office announced on Monday. Heckman shares the honor with Penn State second baseman Mike DeRenzo after the Hoosiers and Nittany Lions split four games over the weekend.
Heckman, a native of Spencer, Ind. and a graduate of Owen Valley High School, led the Hoosiers with a .500 batting average, eight hits and nine RBI in four games last week. The sophomore hit three of Indiana's 13 home runs, had a pair of doubles and scored six runs on the weekend. He nearly hit for the cycle with a single, a double and a homer in IU's 8-4 victory on Saturday. In addition, he had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 14 chances and boasted an impressive 1.188 slugging percentage.
Heckman increased his season batting average to an impressive .393 in all games and a .402 clip in Big Ten Conference games. He has been among the Big Ten's best hitters all season long. Heckman joins teammate Vasili Spanos in receiving player-of-the-week accolades as Spanos was the choice on March 5.
Northwestern's J.A. Happ is this week's Pitcher of the Week.
The Hoosiers will play their second-to-last Big Ten series this weekend when the Purdue Boilermakers visit Bloomington. Game one of the series is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m. The two teams will face off in a doubleheader on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. Sunday's finale is set for 1 p.m. start. All four games will be played at Sembower Field.
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