April 23, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill.
-- Cameron Perkins
led the way at the plate in Purdue baseball's important series win at Nebraska, earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career Monday.
Highlighted by a 5-for-13, 5-RBI showing at Haymarket Park, Perkins finished the week 7-for-17 with four extra-base hits, seven RBIs and four runs scored. He hit safely in all four games, recording multiple hits and multiple RBIs in three of the four games.
Perkins was also honored as the Big Ten Player of the Week in April of last season after the Boilers' series win against Michigan. He joins Daryl Hallada (1999 and 2000), Daniel Underwood (three times in 2003) and Eric Wolfe (twice in 2006) as Boilers to win multiple Player of the Week awards during their careers.
Perkins recorded his second career multi-homer game in Friday's series opening win at Nebraska, going deep in back-to-back at-bats in a game that was nationally-televised on the Big Ten Network. His two-run shot in the fifth inning was particularly significant. Not only did it give the Boilers the lead for good, but it also silenced the Nebraska faithful after the Huskers had tied the game at 5-5 with a three-run bottom of the fourth. Each of Perkins' three career multi-homer games has come in Big Ten play.
The third baseman drove in a run in the first and ninth inning of Sunday's rubber game win, helping the Boilers capture the series in their first-ever trip to Lincoln. Over the course of the week, he handled 13 defensive chances cleanly at third base, contributing to a pair of double plays at Haymarket Park.
Tuesday at Illinois-Chicago, Perkins recorded a pair of RBI doubles. He enters the week leading the Big Ten with 43 RBI.
Perkins joins Eric Charles and Stephen Talbott as Purdue's Big Ten Player of the Week honorees this season. With the Boilers also claiming five Pitcher of the Week awards, the eight weekly honors matches last year's team for the most in program history. The Big Ten's weekly awards program began in 1990.
Purdue (31-6, 12-3 Big Ten) increased its lead in the conference standings to 3 ½ games over second-place Minnesota and Michigan State with the series win at Nebraska. The Boilermakers host the Spartans this weekend for weekend No. 3 of their challenging month-long stretch against Illinois, Nebraska, MSU and UCLA.
Purdue jumped seven spots to No. 8 in Perfect Game USA's national Top 50 rankings. The Boilers are also up four spots to No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll and up five spots to No. 17 in Collegiate Baseball's national rankings. Purdue continues to sport the second-best winning percentage in the country, trailing only 35-6 Kentucky.
The Boilermakers returns to action Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. ET time midweek game at Illinois State.
2012 Purdue Big Ten Players & Pitchers of the Week
Cameron Perkins, April 23
Stephen Talbott, March 12
Eric Charles, Feb. 27
Joe Haase, April 9
Lance Breedlove, 3x -- Feb. 20, March 26 & April 3
Nick Wittgren, March 5