Big Ten honors Parr
PARK RIDGE — Illinois center fielder Justin Parr, who hit .462 with five RBI last weekend in a series against Purdue, was named Big Ten Player of the Week in baseball on Monday.
The senior went 6 for 13 and scored five runs to help Illinois sweep the three-game series with the Boilermakers. Parr, who on Sunday became the first Illini since 2009 to hit for the cycle, finished the series with a .533 on-base percentage and a .923 slugging percentage.
In four games during the week, Parr hit .471 (8 for 17), with two home runs and six RBI. He has hit safely in his last 20 games, tied for the third-longest streak in program history.
The weekly award is the first of Parr’s career, and he is the first Illini to receive the honor since Matt Dittman on May 23, 2011.