Feb. 18, 2013
Purdue Weekend Stats
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Purdue baseball's Josh Estill hit safely in all four games while making starts at three different positions during the season-opening weekend, earning Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week honors for his impressive collegiate debut.
Estill finished the weekend a team-best 7-for-15, reaching base safely in 10 of his 17 plate appearances. The San Diego area native started the first two games at designated hitter. In Sunday's doubleheader against Louisville and Connecticut, he was the starting catcher in game one and the first baseman in the nightcap.
Estill had three hits in the season-opening win against Connecticut Friday. He reached base safely twice during the Boilers' seven-run fourth inning rally. Sunday versus No. 4 Louisville, he had two hits, including an RBI single with the bases loaded during Purdue's four-run third inning rally that tied the game.
Sean McHugh (6-for-15) also hit safely in all four games of the season-opening weekend at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge in Pinellas County, Fla. Robert Ramer (CG Win, 6 K, 0 BB) and Kyle Wood (7 IP, 4 R) excelled on the mound against UConn and Louisville, respectively.
Estill was one of 14 new players to make their Purdue debuts over the weekend. Eleven of those 14 players were true freshmen. Estill's classmates Eddie De LaRiva and Patrick Kenney earned the win and the save in the season opener against Connecticut, respectively.
Estill shared the Big Ten's weekly freshman honor with Evan Bell of Indiana, who worked four scoreless innings of relief for the Hoosiers in a season-opening win against Louisville.
The Big Ten added a Freshman of the Week honoree to its weekly awards program in 2011. The Boilermakers have won 19 Big Ten Player or Pitcher of the Week awards the last two seasons but have not had a Freshman of the Week winner. Connor Podkul had a strong case numerous times in 2012 but was not picked.
Purdue returns to action Friday when it begins play at the Diamond Classic at Dudy Noble Field, a three-team event in Starkville, Miss., that will also feature Mississippi State and Samford.