Means Garners Weekly Honors
May 6, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior centerfielder Andrew Means has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. It is the second career Player of the Week honor for the Avon Lake, Ohio, native (March 20, 2007) and the second by a Hoosier this season, joining Josh Phegley, who picked up the award on April 15.
Means was outstanding against Purdue in helping the Hoosiers take three of four from the second-place Boilermakers. The junior hit .562 with three doubles, a triple and a home run to post a 1.063 slugging percentage and a .632 on-base percentage for a 1.695 OPS on the weekend. He also scored seven runs for the Hoosiers, drove in five and stole a pair of bases.
He added the biggest hit of the weekend for IU, as his two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh in game two of the series tied the score 4-4 and helped the Hoosiers gain momentum to come from behind for a 5-4 victory. In game three, Means went 3-for-4, including two hits in the 11-run Hoosier first, and matched a career high by scoring four runs.
He also had multiple hits in the series' other two games, going 3-for-5 with three RBI in game one and posting a 2-for-4 outing with a walk and a run in game four. His 52 runs are tied for second in the conference, while his 27 steals are third.
Combined with Matt Bashore's two Pitcher of the Week awards, the Hoosiers have picked up four weekly awards from the conference. That total is the highest by an IU squad since 2005.
Indiana takes on Louisville at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Sembower Field. It will be the penultimate non-conference clash for the Hoosiers this weekend. IU travels to Northwestern this weekend for a critical four-game series against the Wildcats.
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