Illinois first baseman Bren Spillane was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Spillane is Illinois' third straight honoree, joining Michael Massey (March 5) and Doran Turchin (March 12).
Spillane put on a show Saturday at Southern Illinois, going 8-for-10 with three homers, two doubles and six RBIs in a doubleheader. He had three homers on four hits in the series opener, becoming the 11th player in Division I to hit three in a game this season, then went 4-for-4 with two doubles in the nightcap.
For the week, Spillane hit .600 (9-15) with an OPS of 2.000. Spillane ranks fourth in the nation in slugging percentage (.887), 21st in doubles (9) and 32nd in homers (6) this season.
No. 24 Illinois (11-5) has won three Big Ten Player of the Week honors before the end of March for the first time in program history.
Spillane was up for consideration for Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Week award, but narrowly missed.
>>Illinois, Illinois State Postponed
The Illinois baseball team's game scheduled for Tuesday at Illinois State has been postponed due to forecasted weather. The game will be made up Wednesday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m. CT.
No. 24 Illinois (11-5) resumes its schedule Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT against CSUN at Illinois Field.