May 8, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference has named Nick Swisher (So., Parkersburg, W.Va.) the offensive player of the week for baseball.

In four games last week, Nick Swisher batted .500 (8-for-16) with a double, three home runs and 12 runs batted in. He compiled an impressive 1.125 slugging percentage. On Thursday, against Cincinnati, with OSU down 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Swisher blasted a three-run home run to give OSU a lead it never relinquished. The Buckeyes won the game, 14-3. In the Indiana series, he batted .462 (6-for-13) with a double, two home runs and nine RBI. In game two of the series, he hammered two home runs and drove in six runs to help lead OSU to a 10-8 win. Swisher belted a three-run home run in the first inning, a two-run home run in the fifth and drove in a run with a single in the seventh inning.

The honor is Swisher’s second of the season. He previously was honored on March 26.

The No. 25 Buckeyes (37-13 overall, 17-6 in the Big Ten) are in first place in the Big Ten Conference with a half-game lead over second place Purdue. On Wednesday, the team returns to Bill Davis Stadium and plays host to Cleveland State at 6:35 p.m. This weekend, the Buckeyes close out the regular season and play for the conference crown when they play host to Michigan in a four-game series. The opener is Friday at 6:35 p.m.