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Illinois Baseball’s Kellen Sarver named Big Ten Player of the Week

Sarver had a big weekend as the season winds down.

It’s been a trying season for Illinois Baseball, and it will likely wrap up this weekend in Piscataway, but the team got some good news on Tuesday.

First baseman Kellen Sarver was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He’s the 39th player in program history to take the honor and the first since Jack Yalowitz in March 2019.

Sarver has been a bring spot for Illinois (21-20) as he helped the Illini move back above .500 with a series win over Penn State last weekend. In the series, Sarver hit .500 and had two doubles, three homers, seven RBI and scored six runs.

This season, he’s slashing .294/.369/.538 and has seven homers, 32 RBI sand 16 walks.

The regular season wraps up with three games against Rutgers this weekend. There is no Big Ten Tournament this year and Illinois is unlikely to make the NCAA Tournament.