May 10, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After putting on spectacular offensive showcase over the weekend, Ohio State third baseman Matt Middleton (Conover, Ohio/Graham H.S.) was named the Big Ten Player of the Week today, the league office in Park Ridge, Ill., announced. It marks the second straight week an OSU player has been named the conference Player of the Week.

Middleton batted .600 last week, going 12-20 with three home runs. He hit for the cycle for the first time in his career in Fridays 34-4 win over Michigan State, going 6-8 with four extra base hits and seven RBI. The performance tied the Big Ten record for hits and at-bats in a game, and marked career highs for Middleton in hits, at-bats, and RBI. He notched three home runs in five games overall last week and averaged 2.4 RBI per game. Eight of his 12 hits went for extra bases.

Ohio State has now had four Big Ten Player of the Week honorees – E. J. Laratta (May 6), Chad Ehrnsberger (April 8), and Justin Fry (March 29).

The Buckeyes will travel to West Virginia Wednesday for a 7:05 p.m. contest in Morgantown, W. Va. OSU will look to clinch the 13th Big Ten title in school history this weekend when it hosts Indiana for a four-game Big Ten series.

-Go Bucks!-