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May 19, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior leftfielder Steve Caravati has been named the National Co-Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the organization announced Wednesday.

Caravati was 13-for-18 (.722) in five games last week and was 11-for-14 (.786) in the 3-1 series win against Northwestern. The junior from Dover, Ohio had two doubles and batted in six runs during the week while scoring once himself. Against Northwestern, Caravati had a slugging percentage of .929 and an on-base percentage of .813. He was perfect in three at bats in the second game of the series and was perfect in four at bats in the finale. In game three, he drove in three runs. In all five games last week, he had at least two hits. Caravati, who was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the third time in five weeks on Monday, is now batting .390 overall (second in the Big Ten) and .422 in league play (first in the Big Ten). He is currently enjoying a seven-game hit streak.

Caravati shared the award with UNLV junior outfielder Eric Nielsen, while N.C. State sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Rogers and senior right-handed pitcher Vern Sterry were named National Co-Pitchers of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season. For a list of previous 2004 winners please visit: www.ncbwa.com.

Second-place Ohio State (31-20 overall, 18-10 Big Ten) will play a four-game series at first-place Minnesota (33-18, 19-9) this weekend. The Buckeyes will have to win three of the four games to win its 15th Big Ten regular season title and the first since 2001. The teams will play a single game Friday at 7:35 p.m. (6:35 p.m., CDT), a doubleheader Saturday at 3:05 p.m. (2:05 p.m., CDT) and a single game Sunday at 2:05 p.m. (1:05 p.m., CDT).