May 23, 2005
IOWA CITY – University of Iowa baseball player Kris Welker has been named Big Ten Player of the Week. The announcement came from the Big Ten Conference office.
Welker led the Hawkeyes to a 3-1 road series victory against Big Ten Champion Illinois as he batted .600 (9-for-15) on the weekend with four runs batted in and three runs scored. The senior catcher produced a slugging percentage of .867, recorded three multi-hit games and was a home run short of the cycle in the series finale when he had three RBI in the 7-1 triumph.
The Hawkeyes are the No. 3 seed at the Big Ten Tournament and will face sixth-seeded Minnesota in the first round Wednesday in Champaign, IL. First pitch is set for 3:35 p.m.