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.