Goldstein, Duchene Get Weekly Big Ten Honors

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Fighting Illini juniors Kevin Duchene and Jason Goldstein nabbed Big Ten weekly honors, announced the conference office Tuesday. Duchene was tabbed Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week, notching his second laurel this season, while Goldstein was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

Duchene collected his school-record fourth career award and broke pitching coach Drew Dickinson's previous UI record of three career weekly awards. Illinois also set a school record with four Big Ten Pitcher of the Week laurels this season, breaking the old mark of three from 2002.

The Illini have earned half the Pitcher of the Week accolades so far this year, with four in eight weeks. Goldstein is the first Illini to pick up a Player of the Week honor in 2015.

The Big Ten has handed out weekly awards on Tuesday over the past two weeks due to schedule changes forcing Monday conference games, meaning this week was based off games from March 31 to April 6. The Illini went 4-0 over that span with a midweek victory against Missouri and sweep of Northwestern.

Duchene pitched nine innings without an earned run in the 13-inning 3-1 win over Northwestern on Friday. The Joliet, Illinois, native fanned a season-high 10 Wildcats and delivered key strikeouts to send the game into extra innings. He lowered his Big Ten-leading ERA to 0.64 and ranks second with 47 strikeouts.

Goldstein led the Illini to a perfect week with a team-high .600 average, 1.067 slugging percentage, .667 on-base percentage, seven runs, seven RBI and five extra-base hits, including four doubles and a home run. He had four multi-hit games, posted a career-high four RBI in the finale and twice tied his career-high with three runs. The Illini catcher called the game behind the plate in every win.

The 12th-ranked Illini have a pair of midweek games coming up when they travel to Eastern Illinois for today's game at 3 p.m. before returning home against Saint Louis on Wednesday (April 8) at 6 p.m. Illinois will host a Saturday-Sunday-Monday series against Purdue this weekend in Champaign.

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