May 11, 2004
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After a weekend that saw the Boilermakers take three games from the Michigan Wolverines, senior third baseman Simon Klink was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
This marks the first time the Purdue senior has been named Player of the Week during his collegiate career.
Klink (Auburn, Ind.) batted .615 during the weekend, picking up eight hits in 13 at-bats with two doubles and a home run. Klink was 3-for-3 with three runs in Saturday's come-from-behind win, and led off the eighth inning with a double, sparking a three-run inning that won the game.
The senior hit a two-run home run in Game Two of the series, and capped the weekend with a 3-for-4 performance in Monday's comeback win that saw the Boilermakers overcome a 5-2 deficit. For the weekend, Klink had a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .643 on-base percentage while playing flawless defense in the hot corner.
Klink is the first Purdue batter to earn a weekly conference honor during the 2004 season. Junior Scott Byrnes (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Chris Toneguzzi (Thunder Bay, Ontario) each earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week earlier this season.