Kerian Named Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week.

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ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Fighting Illini swept the final four weeks of Big Ten Player of the Week awards, as senior David Kerian picked up the honor for a second time, announced the conference office Monday. Kerian led the Illini to the 2015 Big Ten title by hitting .667 with three runs, a home run and three RBI in two wins over Nebraska.

He helped Illinois keep the nation's longest winning streak (26) alive with a 3-for-4 performance including his Big Ten-leading 13th homer in a 10-9 win over the Huskers on Friday. The Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, native also leads the Big Ten in average (.383), slugging percentage (.661) and on-base percentage (.467) for the season. He extended his hitting streak to 17 games, one shy of his career high from earlier this year.

Illinois equaled the school record from 2005 with five Big Ten Player of Week awards in a season. Kerian picked up the conference's weekly award for the second time this year, as he also won it on May 4. Junior Jason Goldstein (May 12, April 7) and senior Casey Fletcher (April 27) also have collected the laurel this season.

Illinois, which also racked up four Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors this year, has totaled a program-record nine Big Ten weekly awards which leads the conference in 2015. The previous UI season-high was seven in 2009.

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