April 11, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State catcher/first baseman Eric Fryer was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after leading the Buckeyes with 10 hits in five games last week, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Eric Fryer, who also was named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll, was 10-for-22 (.455) with a team-best six RBI and six runs scored. The sophomore from Reynoldsburg, Ohio (Reynoldsburg), had two doubles and his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the series opener vs. Illinois. Fryer was 2-for-5 in that game and then was 2-for-5 with two RBI in game three and 3-for-5 with three RBI in game four. The catcher/first baseman had a slugging percentage of .682 and an on-base percentage of .455.

Fryer is leading the team in its last 10 games with his .463 batting average (19-for-41) and his 19 hits during that span is three better than anyone on the team. His 11 runs scored paces the squad and his 11 RBI is second. For the season, Fryer is batting .398 and leads the team with three home runs and 34 RBI.

Ohio State will play host to Central Michigan Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium before resuming Big Ten play this weekend at Michigan.