CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Bren Spillane is giving new meaning to the term ‘hot streak.’
The Illini first baseman has been on a tear the last couple of weeks at the plate, becoming the first player in Big Ten history to win three-straight ‘Player of the Week’ awards. He’s also the first guy in Illinois program history to win two ‘National Player of the Week’ honors.
“I mean, it’s pretty cool, I’m not going to lie,” Spillane said. “As long as it helps the team win, that’s what it’s all about and that’s what it’s been doing. So, it’s always good to see that.”
Spillane put up a .727 average last week, with five home runs and a 3.015 OPS. Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb called him the best power hitter he’s seen since the longtime coach started with the program in the early 1990’s.
“You had one team that tried to throw some quality pitches and they ended up getting behind him and walking him,” Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb said. “And that’s happened all year. That’s not different from what he’s faced. Again, there will be times he has to face him because of the game situation and those are the times he’s just going to do his damage.”
Illinois is back on the field Wednesday afternoon visiting Illinois State, first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.