Indiana’s Michael Basil the Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week

Indiana senior shortstop Michael Basil, instrumental throughout the weekend series at Ohio State that secured IU its first outright Big Ten baseball title since 1932, was named Monday afternoon as the conference’s baseball Player of the Week.

Cincinnati native Basil returned to his home state to burn the Buckeyes by batting .500 over the three gmes, with four doubles and five RBI. His slugging percentage was .900. And he hit in the clutch, driving in the first Hoosier run and scoring the second as the Hoosiers rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the seventh to force extra innings Friday, then laid down the squeeze bunt in the 10th that scored the winning run. Basil then got IU’s 8-1 victory Saturday started with a two-run double in the first.

Basil also played superior defense as short, including a leaping back-handed snag of a line drive Friday.

It was IU’s fifth Player of the Week honor this season, recorded by four different players. Basil joins  Sam Travis (Feb. 18, Apr. 1), Kyle Schwarber (March 11) and Dustin DeMuth (May 13) as honorees.


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  • Punjab #1

    Monday, May 20, 2013 - 11:12 PM EST

    Got to catch a bit of the BTN replay of the OSU game where we clinched. The OSU closer was actually looking to tie the B1G single-season saves record when we came back to tie in the ninth. Fun stuff. It’s equally interesting that, if I’m not mistaken, Scwarber is the one playing for the national team, yet he’s only won one of the five B1G POW awards for IU this year. Just proves that this is a special group we have this year.

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