Chris Roberts Named Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State freshman outfielder Chris Roberts earned his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award after helping Michigan State to a series victory over Ohio State in Columbus, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. Roberts hit .563 (9-for-16) in the four-game series. The Oshkosh, Wis., native recorded multiple hits in all four contests, including a 3-for-5 performance in the series finale on Sunday. Roberts tallied five RBI and also contributed a pair of runs.

In game one of the series, he went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double, and followed up the outing by going 2-for-3 with a two-run single in game two. In the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep, Roberts was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The award is the first for a Spartan position player this season. John Dwan was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week April 2 after his victory on the mound at Indiana.

Roberts, a 27th-round draft choice out of high school, leads the Spartans with a .349 batting average and .450 slugging percentage.

Michigan State (18-23, 9-14 Big Ten) returns to action Tuesday to take on Western Michigan in Kalamazoo at 3 p.m.

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