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April 8, 2002

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio– Second baseman Christian Snavely (So., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) was named Big Ten Player of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to three wins against Penn State last weekend while batting .438 (7-for-16) with two home runs and eight runs batted in.%^$

%^$Snavely scored three runs on the weekend and posted a slugging percentage of .938 thanks to 15 total bases, twice as many as any other Buckeye. Snavely’s first homer in the series came in the second game on Saturday, as he went a perfect 4-4 and produced four RBI and two runs. He followed that performance with another long ball and three more RBI on Sunday as Ohio State bounced back to win three straight from the Nittany Lions after dropping the opener on Friday. Through two weekends of Big Ten play, Snavely leads the Conference in hits (14), RBI (12), home runs (4) and total bases (28) while rating second with a .483 batting average.%^$

%^$For the year, Snavely is batting .424, leading the team with five home runs and a slugging percentage of .706. His 36 hits also set the standard for the team. He has at least one hit in 19 of his last 21 games and in all but four games this season.%^$

%^$Ohio State plays host to Oakland Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium before a weekend series at Iowa. The Buckeyes kept their ranking of No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball poll.%^$