May 24, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Mason McCoy and senior Tyler Peyton were honored with weekly awards by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday. McCoy was tabbed as the league’s co-Player of the Week, while Peyton was selected as the Pitcher of the Week.
McCoy, a Washington, Illinois, native, hit .500 (10-of-20) with a .500 on-base and .550 slugging percentage in leading the Hawkeyes to a 3-1 week. He finished with hits in all four games to extend his hitting streak to a career-best nine games and posted three multi-hit contests, scored six runs, and stole four bases.
The infielder opened the week with a four-hit game in Iowa’s 10-2 road victory at Western Illinois, finishing 4-for-5 with a double and two runs. McCoy tallied his second multi-hit game in Iowa’s Big Ten Tournament-clinching win in game two at Penn State, going 2-for-5 with two runs before closing out the weekend with a three-hit game for his 13th multi-hit contest of the season.
Peyton, a native of Grimes, Iowa, was dominant in Iowa’s 8-0 road victory at Penn State — a win that clinched the team’s third straight Big Ten Tournament appearance. He scattered three hits and faced four batters over the minimum in a complete game shutout — the second of his career — and he needed just 98 pitches.
The right-hander finished the game with four strikeouts without issuing a walk to win his third straight start and run his scoreless innings streak to 23.
The eighth-seeded Hawkeyes open Big Ten Tournament play Wednesday, facing top-seeded Minnesota at 5 p.m. (CT) at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.