Former Yosemite High School graduate and current University of Michigan (6-10-1, 4-2) center fielder Jackson Glines was recently named Big Ten Player of the Week (March 3-9).
Glines batted .529 (9-17) with six runs, five doubles, a triple and eight RBIs propelling the Wolverines to a 4-2 conference record. In six games Glines posted a .667 on-base percentage and a .941 slugging percentage including a game on March 4, against Florida Gulf Coast where Glines drove in a career high five runs.
Glines continued his hot streak against Princeton when the Wolverines played the Tigers in a four game series. Glines went 5-10 in the series with a pair of walks, four hit-by-pitches and a game-winning RBI triple in the seventh during the 4-2 victory over the Tigers.
Glines success has not been limited to the one week he is leading the Big Ten in hits (24), doubles (8) and total bases (38).
Glines ended his 12-game hitting streak Friday with an 0-3 outing against Appalachian State, however he did record a walk. He has now successfully reached base in 16 straight games and looks to continue that streak Friday, March 21, against Indiana.
Glines said he is just trying to stay humble throughout the entire process and concentrate on baseball.
"It's definitely a surreal feeling ... I've never been acknowledged by something this big before," Glines said. "This University expects greatness, that's what all our coaches preach and I just go out there and try and do good things for the team. They line me up in good spots where I can use my talent. I told coach I'm comfortable hitting one through nine ... I just want a bat in my hand. I enjoy hitting with people on base. It's just nice to be in the spot."
Glines, a junior at Michigan, is in his first year playing for the Wolverines following two years a Fresno City College. During an interview on WTKA sports talk radio, U-M's sports talk radio show, Wolverines Coach Erik Bakich praised Glines for his ability to grind out at bats.
"He had an amazing week," Bakrich said. "We talk about quality at bats and that's the stat we keep offensively, that's most important to us and he had 26 plate appearances last week and 22 of them were quality at bats. In all the years I have been coaching baseball I think that's the best week I have ever seen from a quality at bat percentage standpoint. It's no surprise when he puts that many quality at bats together in a week that he has amazing results. He was on fire. Everything he hit was hard, every at bat was quality, and really he was the catalyst for us all week long."
Glines leads the Wolverines in most offensive categories including runs, hits, doubles, triples, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. He was also the first player from Michigan to be named Player of the Week since March 4, 2013.
Big Ten teams include Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan St., Illinois, Penn State, Northwestern, and Purdue.