May 20, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - -University of Michigan freshman infielder/relief pitcher Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) has been named the Big Ten Conference's Baseball Freshman of the Week, it was announced this afternoon (Monday, May 20). Cronenworth earned his first weekly freshman honor this season, while U-M garners its sixth frosh award.
Cronenworth helped the Maize and Blue at the plate and on the mound this week. The freshman had hits in all four games, including going 3-for-5 with a run scored in Thursday's 7-5 win over Nebraska. Cronenworth also earned the save in that win, his seventh of the season, which included a strikeout and a line out to end the game. In the regular-season finale against the Cornhuskers, Cronenworth drove in three runs and had the only extra-base hit (a double) in the 23-hit arsenal by the Maize and Blue. He had two stolen bases on the week and had a .526 on-base percentage. On the year, Cronenworth has a 1.93 ERA and is hitting .318 with 41 RBI.
Cronenworth is joined by fellow Wolverine freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) in earning Freshman of the Week honors. Maezes picked up the award on April 15 and May 7, while Hill earned the honor on March 4, March 25 and April 8.
In other conference awards, Indiana's Michael Basil was named the Player of the Week while Minnesota's DJ Snelten was the Pitcher of the Week.
Michigan heads to Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, in Minneapolis, Minn., for the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan is the sixth seed and will face third-seeded Nebraska on Wednesday afternoon (May 22) at 3:35 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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