Following a week in which he battered opposing pitching, South Dakota State University third baseman Jesse Sawyer has been named Summit League Baseball Player of the Week, league officials announced Monday.
A sophomore from Calgary, Alberta, and a product of the Prairie Baseball Academy, Sawyer homered in six of the Jackrabbits' eight games last week, including three two-home-run games. In leading SDSU to a 7-1 record, Sawyer hit .500 (14-for-28) with nine home runs and 15 runs batted in, tallying a 1.536 slugging percentage. He also walked seven times for a .641 on-base percentage and scored 19 runs. Sawyer put together a streak of five consecutive games with a home run — one shy of the school record. He homered in all four games of home-and-home doubleheaders against North Dakota on April 20 and 22, and extended his streak in the opening game of a four-game series at Summit League opponent Western Illinois on April 24. He closed the WIU series with two home runs on April 26.
The weekly award is the second of the season for Sawyer, who also earned honor on March 16. For the season, Sawyer leads the team with 13 home runs and 39 runs scored.
SDSU begins a 14-game homestand Tuesday afternoon, hosting Creighton (Neb.). First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Erv Huether Field on the SDSU campus.