Former Flames Racking Up Honors in Big Ten -
Over the last 3 weeks a Cincy Flame has earned Big Ten Player of the week in each of those weeks. Durning the week of March 3, Kyle Schwarber was named the co-Big Ten Player of the Week. That week "Schwarber had himself quite the day on Saturday, reaching base seven times in 12 plate appearances, including a 5-for-5 game against #9 Louisville. In total, the junior accounted for eight runs, scoring five and driving in three during Indiana's nonconference sweep over Toledo and Louisville. He now has multiple hits in four of nine games and raised his batting average to .342 this season. Against Toledo, Schwarber blasted the very first pitch he's ever seen as a lead-off hitter into left field, lodging the ball into the outfield wall's protective padding for a ground-rule double. He later came into score on a Sam Travis RBI-grounder. Game two started much the same with Schwarber touching home in the top of the first. Indiana was able to add on more insurance run in the top of the ninth as well, courtesy of a steal home from Schwarber."
During the Week of March 10, Ohio State Pitcher Ryan Riga was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the second time this year. That week "Riga was brilliant in a complete-game shutout of No. 9 Oregon Saturday, striking out a career-high 10 while walking one and scattering five hits to improve to 2-0 on the season. The complete game shutout by Riga was the first by a Buckeye in exactly one year. Jaron Long tossed a three-hit shutout in an 11-0 win over Harvard March 8 of last season in Myrtle Beach, N.C. Riga’s 10-strikeout game was the first double-digit strikeout game since Brad Goldberg struck out 10 in 6.1 hitless innings in a win over Mount St. Mary’s Feb. 23, 2013."
Finally, the week of March 17 saw Kyle Hart earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors. "Hart pitched a total of 8.1 innings last week, garnering most of his action in a winning effort against nationally-ranked Kentucky. Hart was throwing darts from the mound, issuing no walks while striking out eight. The Cincinnati southpaw scattered five hits and allowed two runs, just one of which was earned, to card his 15th career win. The eight Ks tie a career high, doing so twice as a freshman in 2012, and the 15th pitching victory moves him within three of cracking Indiana's all-time top-10. He then came back on the weekend, and stuck out the only batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth en route to Indiana's 11-inning road victory at Long Beach State. Hart has surrendered a lone earned run in his last 16.1 innings pitched."