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Ruzic, Biddle earn Rd. 10 honours
01/16/2012 3:34 PM ET
Dushan Ruzic pitched 7.0 shutout innings Wednesday.
Dushan Ruzic pitched 7.0 shutout innings Wednesday. (SMP Images/ Joe Vella)
Elliot Biddle of the Aces and Dushan Ruzic of the Bite cemented themselves as Round Ten Players of the Week by turning in performances unmatched by their peers. Biddle led the league in HR and RBI during the round thanks to a great series against the Bandits. Ruzic earned an important win in the series opener against Sydney, pitching seven scoreless innings.

Biddle, who had previously earned honourable mentions in Rounds Seven and Nine, had his most impressive week yet, mashing four home runs and driving in nine. In a well-rounded offensive performance, he also scored six runs and led all batters in slugging percentage and total bases. Even on an Aces team featuring hitting stars like Brad Harman and Justin Huber, Biddle has made his mark, leading Melbourne with 35 RBI and ranking second with 10 home runs. He now ranks second in the league in each category.

The right-handed-hitting outfielder homered in each of the last four games of the series and has driven in a run in nine consecutive contests. He has six home runs, six multi-hit games, and 14 RBI in his last nine games and has made a strong late-season push for the league lead in the major power categories. Biddle will try to keep his hot streak going in Round Eleven, as the Aces enter the season's final week fighting for a playoff spot.

Runners up for the batting award included Josh Roberts and Brad Dutton of Brisbane, Allan de San Miguel of Perth, and Canberra's Mark Thomas.

Ruzic, who earned a Round Six honourable mention for the pitching recognition, earned this week's award after a dominant series-opening performance in Sydney. Through seven shutout innings, he struck out eight Blue Sox batters and allowed just two hits. The right-hander ranks third in the league with 49 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched and remains a key to Adelaide's continued playoff push. If he matches his usual strikeout rate in his final start of the regular season, he'll easily surpass the 50 batters he whiffed last year.

The Darwin native had two previous scoreless outings, but both were in relief. This was his finest start of the season and it came when his team most needed it, facing a dealing Craig Anderson. With the Bite able to muster just one run against the Sydney lefty, Ruzic continued to mow down the most dangerous batters he faced, holding the first four batters in the Blue Sox order hitless. He is expected to get the ball in the Round Eleven opener on Thursday in what will be yet another crucial outing.

Honourable mentions for the pitching award were Adelaide's Paul Mildren, Sydney's Brad Thomas, Perth's Warwick Saupold, and Tim Atherton of Canberra.

In Round Eleven, Ruzic and the Bite will host the Brisbane Bandits. Biddle and the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces will be at home against the Canberra "UberGlobal" Cavalry. The Blue Sox will travel west to take on the 'Alcohol Think Again' Perth Heat.

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This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.