Schwarber named Big Ten co-Player of the Week

Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber was named the Big Ten’s Co-Player of the Week after reaching base seven times in 10 plate appearance in two wins Saturday against Toledo and Louisville. In the win over the Cardinals, he reached base all five times with two hits, three walks, three runs scored and two RBI. He had a double and a triple against Toledo, scoring two runs and driving in another.

The release from IU follows. 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Kyle Schwarber was selected as Big Ten co-Player of the Week today (March 3), sharing the award with Illinois’ Ryan Nagle. It marks the second such accolade of Schwarber’s career (March 11, 2013) and second weekly conference award for IU this season after Joey DeNato was tabbed as the B1G Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 18.

Schwarber had himself quite the day on Saturday, reaching base seven times in 12 plate appearances, including a 5-for-5 game against #9 Louisville. In total, the junior accounted for eight runs, scoring five and driving in three during Indiana’s nonconference sweep over Toledo and Louisville. He now has multiple hits in four of nine games and raised his batting average to .342 this season.

Against Toledo, Schwarber blasted the very first pitch he’s ever seen as a lead-off hitter into left field, lodging the ball into the outfield wall’s protective padding for a ground-rule double. He later came into score on a Sam Travis RBI-grounder.

Game two started much the same with Schwarber touching home in the top of the first. Indiana was able to add on more insurance run in the top of the ninth as well, courtesy of a steal home from Schwarber.