March 7, 2011
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IOWA CITY – – Iowa senior Trevor Willis has been named Big Ten Player of the Week after recording three multi-hit games in four contests with Georgia State and Mississippi State over the weekend. The weekly honor is the first for Willis.
Willis posted back-to-back four-hit contests against the Bulldogs, leading Iowa to the series sweep. He also went 2-for-4 in the weekend finale, a 3-2 walk-off victory against the Panthers. The native of Lockport, Ill., scored six runs in four games, touching home twice in each of Iowa’s last three games, and drove in a run. The center fielder slugged a triple and went 3-for-4 on the base baths, including two steals in Sunday’s game and a swipe of home on Saturday. For the week, Willis batted .647, with a .667 on base percentage, and slugged at a .765 clip for an OPS of 1.432.
“We are happy to see Trevor earn recognition for his performances this weekend in helping lead us to three wins against two very good baseball teams,” said Iowa Head Coach Jack Dahm. “Not only did Trevor produce offensively and create scoring opportunities for us, but he also played tremendous defensively.”
The two victories over Mississippi State marked the first time in the program’s history that the Hawkeyes collected two wins against an SEC opponent in the same year.
Iowa returns to action Friday when it travels to Texas Tech. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. in Lubbock, Texas.