Illinois first baseman Matt Dittman was named Big Ten Player of the Week after hitting .600 with a 1.300 slugging percentage in the Indiana series.
May 23, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - University of Illinois senior first baseman Matt Dittman (Libertyville, Ill.) was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, the conference office announced. He hit .600 with a 1.300 slugging percentage and .692 on-base percentage to lift the Illini to a series sweep over Indiana and their first Big Ten title since 2005.
Dittman capped the weekend with a two-out, two-run walk-off home run on Saturday, clinching the sweep with a 7-5 Illinois win. He scored two runs in every game of the series and drive in at least one in each contest. He went 3-for-4 in Friday's 13-12 win over the Hoosiers and went 2-for-4 in the 7-5 win on Saturday.
Dittman was 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position and all five of his RBIs on the weekend came with two outs. He also raised his batting average 20 points in the series.
The top-seeded Illini return to action on Thursday in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament when they take on the winner of Wednesday's game between No. 4 seed Ohio State and No. 5 seed Minnesota at 6:05 p.m. CT at Huntington Park, home of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. The game will be aired live by the Big Ten Network.