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Massey wins Big Ten Freshman of the Week for second-straight week

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Michael Massey comes into home against Western Michigan at Illinois Field on April 18.

Michael Massey comes into home against Western Michigan at Illinois Field on April 18.

Austin Yattoni

Austin Yattoni

Michael Massey comes into home against Western Michigan at Illinois Field on April 18.

Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer

The Big Ten announced Monday that Michael Massey had won his second-straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week award.

The second baseman hit .526 last week and collected three three-hit games. Massey is the second freshman from the Illini to win the award this year — joining Ty Weber — and is the only one to do it twice.

Massey is the fifth player to win the award twice in a row since the award was initially introduced to the conference back in 2011.

Massey is currently on a 13-game hitting streak, in which he has gone 25-57 (.439) at the plate, including two home runs and 12 RBIs. Going even further than that, Massey hit .382 in April with four home runs, 16 RBIs and 29 hits in 18 games.

In April, he collected 10 two-out RBIs, something the Illini as a team have struggled with all season.

Massey will be back in the two-spot in the lineup this Tuesday, as the Illini will take on Southern Illinois in a weekday game before their series at home this weekend at Maryland.

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