Senior outfielder Ben Hammer added another feather to his cap as CollegeBaseballInsider.com named him the Louisville Slugger Central Region Player of the Week Wednesday.On Monday, Hammer was selected the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week.
The fifth-year Rocket batted a flashy .611 (11 for 18) with a squad-tying best six runs scored, one double, a team-best two home runs and a squad-high 12 RBI in four games last week. Hammer also accumulated a whopping 1.000 slugging percentage and a team-high .650 on-base percentage to help the reigning MAC West Division Champions win three of the four contests. The Wayne, Ohio, native hit safely in every game, posting three multi-hit efforts.
Hammer opened the week with a perfect 4-for-4 effort with a season-high four runs scored, a collegiate-best two round trippers, and a season-high five RBI against Big East member Notre Dame Tuesday, April 23.
He followed up that performance with a 1-for-5 effort and one RBI at Western Michigan in Friday’s MAC series opener April 26.
The following afternoon against the division rival Broncos, Hammer finished 3-for-5 with one run scored and two RBI. Hammer then wrapped up the outstanding week going 3-for-4 with one run scored, one walk and four RBI.
The 2011 second-team All-MAC selection has hit safely in 15 of the 18 league contests, batting a team-high .379 (25 for 66) with a team-high 20 RBI.
Hammer and the Rockets (17-25, 8-10 MAC) will return to the diamond this weekend, May 3-5, with a three-game series vs. MAC West Division frontrunner Northern Illinois (18-24, 13-5 MAC) at Scott Park. Friday’s first pitch from the corner of Hill Avenue and Parkside Boulevard is slated for 3:05 p.m.