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Pair of Illini Bring In Big Ten Weekly Awards

 width=Fighting Illini juniors Kevin Duchene and Jason Goldstein nabbed Big Ten weekly honors, announced the conference office Tuesday. Duchene was tabbed Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week, notching his second laurel this season, while Goldstein was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

Duchene pitched nine innings without an earned run in the 13-inning 3-1 win over Northwestern on Friday. The Joliet, Illinois, native fanned a season-high 10 Wildcats and delivered key strikeouts to send the game into extra innings. He lowered his Big Ten-leading ERA to 0.64 and ranks second with 47 strikeouts.

Goldstein led the Illini to a perfect week with a team-high .600 average, 1.067 slugging percentage, .667 on-base percentage, seven runs, seven RBI and five extra-base hits, including four doubles and a home run. He had four multi-hit games, posted a career-high four RBI in the finale and twice tied his career-high with three runs. The Illini catcher called the game behind the plate in every win.

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