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Luke Miller named Big Ten Player of the Week



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Junior third baseman Luke Miller throws the ball to first base to get the out against Butler on Saturday, March 31. Miller signed with the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday. Anna Tiplick Buy Photos

After a big week for the Hoosiers, one of their key contributors has been honored.

On Monday, junior third baseman Luke Miller was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, just a few weeks after returning to the starting lineup from an injury.

During IU’s four games, a midweek matchup with Louisville and a trio of games against Maryland over the weekend, Miller put up some gaudy numbers. The Muncie, Indiana, native hit .533 for the week with three home runs, a double, six RBIs, and a pair of walks.

IU went 4-0 during those four games, thanks in no small part to Miller's hot streak at the plate. The junior was a pivotal figure in Thursday night’s 6-5 win over Maryland. He drove in four runs on the night on a pair of home runs, including a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Hoosiers their first lead of the night.

Miller was out of the starting lineup for nearly a month from early April to early May with a foot injury. However, since his return to the lineup, he's been a consistent contributor, collecting 13 hits in 11 games.

Miller and the Hoosiers will look to continue their hot streak when they head to Omaha, Nebraska, later this week for the Big Ten Tournament. They'll begin play Wednesday night at 10 p.m. against the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Auston Matricardi

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