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White: MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week

May 20, 2011
Troy White

Troy White

Northern Illinois third baseman Troy White was named one of three Mid-American Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Week award winners for the week of May 9-15, the league announced Friday.

The business administration major with a 3.217 cumulative GPA paced the Huskie offense with nine RBI as NIU took two of three games against Ball State last weekend to clinch its first appearance in the MAC tournament since 2008.

In the series, he went 5-for-14 with five runs, nine RBI, one home run, two walks, one stolen base, a .438 on-base percentage and .571 slugging percentage. In a 10-9 win in the first of a Saturday doubleheader, he drew two walks, scored two runs and drove in two runs. In Game Two, he had a hit and run scored. In Sunday’s finale, he erupted for a 4-for-6 day with seven RBI, two runs, one homer and a stolen base.

His seven-RBI performance was the second time this season that he has accomplished the career-best feat, as he also did it April 17 in Game Two of a doubleheader against Ohio.

The weekly honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week’s competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference’s faculty athletic representatives.

The junior shared the award with Miami (Ohio) baseball’s Jon Edgington and Buffalo track and field’s Brian Smith.

Earning the honor for the first time in his career, White is also the first in NIU baseball program history to nab the award. He is the fifth Huskie to take home the accolade in the 2010-11 school year, as football’s Chandler Harnish (Dec. 24), volleyball’s Allison McGlaughlin (Oct. 22) and Kristin Hoffman (Nov. 19), and track and field’s Cora Caulfield (April 1) each received the recognition.

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