IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa redshirt senior Zeb Adreon has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. It is the second honor of Adreon’s career.
The Pleasantville, Iowa, native earned the distinction after hitting .714 (10-of-14) with five RBIs and seven runs scored in leading the Hawkeyes to a 3-1 weekend against Maryland and Northwestern. The outfielder also had a 1.071 slugging and .765 on-base percentage as he helped Iowa to its fifth straight series win (winning weekend).
Adreon finished the series on a tear, reaching base safely in each of his final 10 plate appearances. He singled in his final at-bat against Maryland on April 24, before going 4-for-4 with a triple, four runs and four RBIs against Northwestern on April 25 and he closed out the weekend by going 2-for-2 with a triple, two walks and a hit by pitch.
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In the 4-for-4 game, Adreon set career highs in hits and runs scored and tied a career-high in RBIs. He tripled in back-to-back games to take the league-lead in the category and he became the first Hawkeye since Ben Norman in 2018 to triple in two straight contests.
Adreon tallied multi-hit games in all four contests, which improved his season batting average from .259 to .323.
Adreon is the second straight Hawkeye to garner Big Ten Player of the Week honor (Norman earned the distinction on April 20) and he is the third player to earn weekly recognition this season. Trenton Wallace was the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on March 24.
Adreon’s first Big Ten Player of the Week honor came on April 29, 2019.
The Hawkeyes (18-11) head to Bloomington, Indiana, for a three-game weekend series, pitting the second-place Hoosiers against the fourth-place Hawkeyes. Friday’s series opener is set for 4 p.m. (CT) and it will be streamed live on BTN+.