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CLEVELAND -- Ohio baseball senior outfielder Spencer Ibarra (Fort Collins, Colo.) has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday (April 4).
Ibarra earns weekly conference honors for the second time in his Ohio career and gives the Bobcats three MAC East Division Player of the Week honors this season. He was also named MAC East Division Player of the Week on March 20. Redshirt junior infielder/right-handed pitcher Michael Klein (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) garnered recognition on Feb. 20. Two Bobcats have also received MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week selections -- redshirt junior right-hander Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) on Feb. 27 and junior southpaw Butch Baird (Big Prairie, Ohio) on March 6.
Ibarra helped the Ohio baseball team (14-12, 3-0 MAC) start MAC play 3-0 for the first time since 1997 with his effort at the plate last week, leading the Bobcats in batting average (.462), slugging percentage (.615), hits (6), doubles (2) and runs scored (4). He also drove in three runs. Ibarra opened the week by going 3-for-4 in a 3-0 loss at Ohio State last Tuesday (March 28) in Columbus. He then went 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in a 6-4 victory over MAC West Division foe Ball State in the opening game of a Saturday (April 1) doubleheader at Ball Diamond in Muncie, Ind. Ibarra finished the series by going 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in a 7-4 win in the second game of the twin bill, then going 1-for-2 with a pair of stolen bases in a 10-0 blowout of the Cardinals in the Sunday (April 2) finale that clinched the series sweep for the Bobcats.
Through 26 games in 2017, Ibarra leads the Bobcats with a .313 batting average and 18 runs scored, is tied for the team lead with 31 hits and four home runs, is second on the squad with 15 RBIs, ranks second with a .475 slugging percentage and a .369 on-base percentage and is third with four doubles. He is tied for the team lead with eight multi-hit games.
Ohio returns to Bob Wren Stadium to play host to in-state rival Dayton (9-16) on Tuesday (April 4) in a 6 p.m. ET matchup.