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Illinois Baseball: Jason Goldstein earns second Big Ten Player of the Week honor

Illini catcher hit .583 with 2 home runs, 9 RBI in sweep of Rutgers.

Illinois junior Jason Goldstein
Illinois junior Jason Goldstein
Thomas Nelshoppen of Illinois Baseball Report

For the third straight week, No. 5 Illinois earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

Junior catcher Jason Goldstein led the Illini to its sixth straight Big Ten series sweep to extend the program's longest winning streak to 24 games by hitting .583 with two home runs and nine RBI in a three-game sweep of Rutgers.

In Sunday's series finale, Goldstein's second career grand slam tied the game 9-9 to lift the Illini to a 28-13 win. Goldstein went 5 for 5 with four RBI on the day. The day before, he totaled five RBI in a doubleheader with three in game one and a go-ahead two-run home run in game two.

Goldstein is hitting .302 this season, and ranks fifth in the Big Ten with eight home runs and seventh in the conference with 41 RBI.

It is the second time Goldstein has picked up the conference accolade, as he also won it April 7. David Kerian (May 4) and Casey Fletcher (April 27) have earned the honor the past two weeks.

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