March 24, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior infielder Tori Chiodo was named as the Big Ten Player of the Week after leading the Boilermaker bats in four wins last week.
The Sylmar, Calif., native posted a .778 average, including an .833 mark in Big Ten play, reaching base in 15 of her 17 plate appearances. She drove in a team-best 11 RBI, while boasting a 1.556 slugging percentage and an .882 on-base percentage. The senior drew eight walks and posted three multi-hit efforts and three perfect days at the plate.
Chiodo drove in the game-winning RBI in a 2-1 win over UCF to wrap Purdue's spring break swing through Florida. She continued her hot hitting with a 2-for-2 effort, including a home run and a double, as well as the game winning RBI (on a three-run homer) and three walks in the opener against Penn State. The senior drove in the game-winner in Game 2 of the PSU series with a three-run bomb in the third inning. In the series finale, the infielder scored three runs and drew three walks after getting a first-inning single.
In the Big Ten series, the senior went 5-for-6 with two home runs and a double to go with seven walks for a league leading .833 average. Her conference slugging percentage is 2.000 and on-base percentage stands at .923, both of which are Big Ten bests. Her 10 RBI and seven walks also are tops in the conference after opening weekend, while her seven runs scored are second only to teammate Andie Varsho.
This is the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor for Chiodo and the first for a Boilermaker since Ashley Burkhardt received Co-Player of the Week accolades on Feb. 18.
The Boilermakers are set to play their home opener at 4 p.m. Wednesday against UIC.