EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ Michigan State senior first baseman Jeff Holm has been named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after leading the Spartans to a three-game sweep of Purdue over the weekend. Holm, who hit .538 (7-for-13) against Boilermakers with two doubles, three homers and nine RBIs, was also named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week by the conference office.
The sweep gave MSU (30-14, 13-5 Big Ten) a two-game lead in the Big Ten race over Minnesota (11-7) with six conference games remaining. The Spartans and Boilermakers entered the weekend tied for first place in the Big Ten at 10-5.
In Fridayâ€™s 11-4 game one victory, Holm started off the series with a career day at the plate. The St. Charles, Ill., native went 3-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs, including a pair of three-run homers and a double. It marked his first career multi-homer game. His first three-run homer, which arrived in the fifth, changed the game around and tied it at 3, eventually sparking the Spartans to a seven-run win. He then hit his second three-run blast in the eighth inning.
Holm was 3-for-5 with a double in Saturday’s 5-3 win, and then hit a two-run homer in Sunday’s 6-5 victory to give MSU a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning.
Holm was also stellar in the field, racking up a perfect fielding percentage with 33 putouts and two assists.
The co-captain is currently leading the Big Ten in batting (.384), homers (nine), RBIs (49) and slugging (.640).
This marks the second time Holm has been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season; he also earned the honor on March 14.
Michigan State returns to action Tuesday for a non-conference contest at Western Michigan, beginning at 3 p.m.