IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa outfielder Keaton Anthony has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, it was announced Tuesday by the league office.
It is Anthony’s fourth weekly honor of the season, which are the most by Hawkeye in a single season in program history. (Jake Adams earned three Big Ten Player of the Week honors in 2017; Sasha Keubel (2012) and Brendan Sher (2019) were two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honorees.)
The Hoschton, Georgia, native earned the distinction despite missing the final two games of the Minnesota series because of sickness. Anthony slashed .571/1.571/.700 and had a 2.271 OPS in the two games he played, and Iowa went on to a 4-0 week to improve to 20-12 overall.
During an April 12 midweek game at Milwaukee, Anthony went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and scored three times in a 16-2 rout. He followed it up by going 3-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBIs and a run scored in the series-opening win over Minnesota.
Anthony is leading the team with a .354 batting average in 30 games this season with team-bests in doubles (15), RBIs (31) and slugging percentage (.673). His 15 doubles are second in the Big Ten, and he ranks fourth in OPS (1.110), fifth in slugging and 10th in batting average.
Anthony was previously honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Feb. 23, March 16 and April 5.
The Hawkeyes will host Bradley today at 4:05 p.m. (CT) at Duane Banks Field before traveling to Piscataway, New Jersey, for a three-game series against Big Ten-leading and eighth-ranked Rutgers on Friday through Sunday.