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Boilermakers’ McGowan named Player of the Week; Terrapins’ Bloom claims Pitcher of the Week recognition; Scarlet Knights’ Heatter tabbed Freshman of the Week

Player of the Week

Jacson McGowan, Purdue

1B – Jr. – Brownsburg, Ind. – Brownsburg

Helped the Boilermakers to a 3-0 record to open the season, posting a trio of victories over Western Michigan

Homered in all three games of the sweep, becoming the first Boilermaker to homer in three straight games since March 2016

Tallied seven RBI on seven hits and scored four runs while batting .538 on the week

Led the Boilermakers with a 1.308 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage

Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award

Last Purdue Big Ten Player of the Week: Kyle Wood (March 9, 2015)

Pitcher of the Week

Taylor Bloom, Maryland

P – Sr. – Severna Park, Md. – Riverdale Baptist

Shut down Tennessee over seven innings on Friday, tying a career high with nine strikeouts and helping Maryland to a 4-0 victory

Scattered six hits and outdueled Volunteer top prospect Zach Lingenfelter

Only allowed one Vols batter to advance past second and did not allow an extra base hit

Records his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor

Last Maryland Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Brian Shaffer (April 17, 2017)

Freshman of the Week

Eric Heatter, Rutgers

LHP – Jamesburg, N.J. – Monroe Township

Earned a win in relief in his collegiate debut by pitching four scoreless innings with eight strikeouts to lead the Scarlet Knights to a 7-5 win at No. 24 Miami on Sunday

Struck out the side in both the seventh and eighth, stranding the tying runs on base to end the outing, making him the first Rutgers freshman pitcher with eight strikeouts in his collegiate debut since Bobby Brownlie in 2000

Only allowed one walk and three singles, holding the Hurricanes to 1-for-6 with runners on base

Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

Last Rutgers Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Milo Freeman (March 23, 2015)