May 17, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior leftfielder Steve Caravati has been named the Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week for the third time in five weeks for leading the Buckeyes to three wins against Northwestern this past weekend to go with a midweek victory over Akron, the league office announced Monday.

Steve Caravati batted .722 (13-for-18) in the five games last week and .786 (11-for-14) in the 3-1 series win against Northwestern. The junior from Dover, Ohio (Dover) 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, Caravati drove in three runs. In all five games last week, he had at least two hits. Caravati is now batting .390 overall and .422 in Big Ten play. He is currently enjoying a seven-game hit streak. Caravati, who has at least one hit in 43 of his 51 games this season, also was the Big Ten Player of the Week April 19 and May 3.

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).