EUGENE, Ore. -- Freshman Mitchell Tolman has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Hitter of the Week the organization announced today.
Tolman batted .474 (9-for-19) with a double, three walks and 14 RBI as Oregon won four of five games on the road last week, including a sweep of Washington State in Pullman. The Lake Forest, Calif. native hit safely and notched an RBI in each of the Ducks’ five games last week and registered multiple hits in three contests. He went 3-for-4 (.750) and drove in seven runs in a 12-7 victory over Seattle on Tuesday-- his seven RBI were the most by a Duck since Jack Marder collected eight on March 9, 2010. He added a hit and a pair of RBI in a loss at Seattle on Wednesday. In a three-game series with Washington State over the weekend, Tolman went 5-for-12 (.417) with five RBI and three walks. He scored the winning run from first in Sunday’s 11-inning victory over the Cougars after starting the rally with a two-out hit. Tolman, who entered the week with 12 RBI, is tied for third on the team with 26 RBI.
Tolman is the first freshman to win the honor this season. Oregon’s Cole Irvin won the NCBWA Pitcher of the Week honor on April second, and is one of only two freshman pitchers to claim the honor. Tolman and Irvin are just one of two teammates to win NCBWA honors this season. LSU’s Mason Katz won the hitter of the year award on April 2 (the same day as Irvin), while his teammate Aaron Nola claimed the pitcher of the week award this week.