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May 3, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior leftfielder Steve Caravati has been named the Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after leading the Buckeyes to a four-game road sweep at Indiana to move into a first-place tie in the Big Ten standings, the league office announced Monday.

Caravati batted .563 (9-for-16) with seven runs batted in and six runs scored against the Hoosiers. For the week, the junior outfielder batted .579 (11-for-19), while racking up 11 RBI, seven runs, two home runs, an on-base percentage of .636 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. Caravati, who boasted at least two hits in all five games, opened with four RBI and a long ball in a mid-week win over Bowling Green. He added another homer, three RBI and two runs scored in the opener against the Hoosiers. The Dover, Ohio, native ranks among the Top 5 in league-only games in batting average (fifth at .392), RBI (third with 20) and runs scored (tie-third with 20). He was also honored April 19 as the Conference Player of the Week.

The Buckeyes (24-17 overall, 13-7 Big Ten) open up an 11-game homestand Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. when they play host to Detroit. The homestand continues this weekend when Penn State (24-18, 13-7) comes to Bill Davis Stadium to battle for first place. With Penn State in final exams this week, the teams will open this weekend’s series with a single game at 1:05 p.m. Saturday before playing a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. The series concludes Monday at 6:35 p.m.