East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State baseball third baseman Marty Bechina has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. The Chicago, Ill., native hit .538 in his first weekend of collegiate baseball, going 7-for-13 with six runs and four RBIs.

 “Marty had a great weekend for us and really made our offense go in all three games,” said head coach Jake Boss Jr. “Having a freshman as your leadoff hitter is a lot to put on him, but he was more than up to the challenge.”

In the season opener, Bechina went 3-for-5 and scored a run in each of the first three innings. His first hit in the Green and White was a three-run homer to tie the game in the second inning. He followed that up with a four-hit, three-run performance on Saturday and finished the weekend with a .923 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage.

Bechina ranked tied for the second in the Big Ten in runs (6) and total bases (12), while his seven hits were tied for fourth.

He is the first MSU position player to be named Freshman of the Week since Jimmy Pickens in 2012.

MSU travels to Corpus Christi, Texas next weekend to play Texas State, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Central Florida.