March 4, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan junior outfielder Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) has been named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while left-handed pitcher Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) was named the league's Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday (March 4). Both players helped the Wolverines to a 3-1 record at the Snowbird Invitational in Port Charlotte, Fla. (March 1-3).
O'Neill earned his third career Player of the Week honor after hitting .474 with five runs scored and five stolen bases in four games. He started the weekend going 4-for-5 with three stolen bases and a pair of runs scored in the 8-7 win over Mount St. Mary's on Friday. O'Neill manufactured two of the runs with stolen bases and scored the tying run in the eighth after he singled, stole second and scored on a Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) single. O'Neill had three hits in the doubleheader against Saint Louis and drove in a run with a double in the nightcap, the first run of an 11-0 victory. He ended the weekend going 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the first inning of the 5-2 win over Georgetown. On the season, O'Neill has a hit in all 10 games with a .447 average.
Hill earned his second straight win on the mound in the 11-0 shutout of Saint Louis. He struck out four and allowed just two hits in six innings of play as the Wolverines earned their first shutout of the season. Hill retired nine batters in a row from the third through sixth innings and escaped bases-loaded jams in the third and sixth innings. Hill is now 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA on the season.
In other conference awards, Minnesota's Ben Meyer was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.
Michigan will head to Fort Myers, Fla., tonight (March 4) to face Florida Gulf Coast. First pitch at Swanson Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
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