COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State’s standout sophomore catcher Dan Burkhart has been named this week’s co-Big Ten Conference Player of the Week. The Cincinnati native and Archbishop Moeller High School graduate helped Ohio State to a 4-0 record at the Kennel Club Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., that improved the No. 25 Buckeyes’ record to a flawless 7-0 on the season.
Burkhart batted .474, reaching base at a .574 clip while slugging .895 and spending all four games behind the plate. During the four-game weekend he tallied three games with multiple hits, runs and RBI. He has hit safely in all seven games this season and in 10 consecutive games over the course of this season and the end of last season.
At North Florida on Friday, the sophomore tallied his fourth career four-hit game, going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, four RBI and two runs scored to lead the Buckeyes to an 11-6 win. On Saturday against George Mason, the backstop recorded one hit with a run and an RBI in an 11-5 Ohio State victory. In the second game of the day, again against North Florida, he tallied a pair of hits, including a home run for three RBI and two runs scored as the Buckeyes outlasted the Ospreys, 10-8. In the final game of the weekend, against Connecticut on Sunday, Burkhart was 2-for-4 with a double, three runs and two RBI in a 21-14 slugfest.
Burkhart, who is hitting .387 on the season and leads the team with 12 RBI, and the Buckeyes play in Winter Haven Friday through Sunday against Rhode Island, Northeastern, Maine and Central Michigan.