Illinois, Indiana and Michigan Earn Baseball Weekly Honors

Illinois’ Spillane named Player of the Week; Indiana’s Stiever claims Pitcher of the Week recognition; Michigan’s Nwogu tabbed Freshman of the Week


Player of the Week
Bren Spillane, Illinois

1B – Jr. – Wheeling, Ill. – Wheeling


  • Paced the Illini to a 3-1 record on the weekend, with wins over Milwaukee and Southern Illinois
  • Led Illinois in batting average (.600), slugging (1.333), on-base percentage (.667), homers (3), hits (9), total bases (20) and steals (2) for the week
  • Recorded a career-high three hits in back-to-back games
  • Hit three home runs at Southern Illinois on Saturday, becoming just the 11th Division I player this season to hit three homers in a game and the first Illini to hit three homers in a game since Casey Fletcher in 2014
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Illinois Big Ten Player of the Week: Doran Turchin (March 12, 2018)


Pitcher of the Week
Jonathan Stiever, Indiana

P – Jr. – Cedarburg, Wis. – Cedarburg


  • Threw 6.0 scoreless innings to earn his second-straight win in the Hoosiers’ victory against Northern Illinois
  • Allowed only two hits, while striking out six
  • Has allowed just 14 hits over his last 19.2 innings, striking out 25 while allowing four earned runs
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree records his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Pauly Milto (Feb. 26, 2018)

Freshman of the Week
Jordan Nwogu, Michigan

OF – Fr. – Ann Arbor, Mich. – Pioneer


  • Recorded multiple hits in all three games of his collegiate debut this weekend, helping the Wolverines sweep Bowling Green
  • Led the Wolverines with a 1.097 slugging percentage, .692 on-base percentage and a .636 batting average
  • Hit .636 on the week, going 7-for-11 with three runs scored, two doubles, a homer and eight RBI
  • Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Michigan Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Jake Bivens (May 12, 2015)



2018 Baseball Players of the Week


Feb. 19

PL: Jacson McGowan, Jr., PUR

P: Taylor Bloom, Sr., MD

F: Eric Heatter, RU


Feb. 26

PL: Terrin Vavra, Jr., MINN

P: Pauly Milto, Jr., IND

F: Bo Hofstra, PUR


March 6

PL: Michael Massey, So., ILL

PL: Matt Gorski, So., IND

P: Karl Kauffmann, So., MICH

F: Elijah Dunham, IND


March 12

PL: Doran Turchin, Jr., ILL

P: Luis Alvarado, Sr., NEB

F: Mason Erla, MSU


March 19

PL: Bren Spillane, Jr., ILL

P: Jonathan Stiever, Jr., IND

F: Jordan Nwogu, MICH