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Illinois’ Turchin named Player of the Week; Nebraska’s Alvarado claims Pitcher of the Week recognition; Michigan State’s Erla tabbed Freshman of the Week

Player of the Week

Doran Turchin, Illinois

LF – Jr. – Oak Creek, Wis. – Oak Creek

Reached base in 12 of 15 plate appearances for an .800 on-base percentage to lead Illinois to victories over Furman and conference foe Michigan State

Reached base at least twice in all three games of the weekend, while leading Illinois with a .625 batting average (5-8) on the weekend

Slugged a team-best 1.250 with three extra-base hits

Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award

Last Illinois Big Ten Player of the Week: Michael Massey (March 6, 2018)

Pitcher of the Week

Luis Alvarado, Nebraska

P – Sr. – Salinas, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

Threw 7.0 scoreless innings to earn the win in game two of the series against Cal Poly

Allowed only five hits and one walk, while striking out eight

The eight strike outs were just one shy of his career high

Records his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor

Last Nebraska Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Jake Hohensee (April 10, 2017)

Freshman of the Week

Mason Erla, Michigan State

P – Cass City, Mich. – Cass City

Tossed 6.1 innings to earn the win against Illinois and improve to 2-0 on the season

Struck out five batters to snap the Illini’s seven-game win streak

Retired the first four Illini batters he faced and from the fourth to the seventh frames, he retired 10 in a row

Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

Last Michigan State Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Bryce Kelley (March 27, 2017)