South Dakota State University third baseman Jesse Sawyer has been named Summit League Player of the Week after helping lead the Jackrabbits to a share of the league regular season title.
In six games last week, Sawyer hit .389 (7-for-18) with four home runs and 14 runs batted in, recording a 1.111 slugging percentage. In a four-game Summit League series against Western Illinois, Sawyer homered in all four games to up his season total to a team-best 18. He also walked seven times during the week to set a new Jackrabbit single-season mark of 45 bases on balls.
A junior from Calgary, Alberta, Sawyer also was honored as Summit League Player of the Week on March 8.
The Jackrabbits enter this week's Summit League Baseball Championship as the top seed in the four-team, double-elimination tournament. SDSU, 37-19 overall and 19-9 in Summit League play, open tournament play at 3 p.m. Thursday against fourth-seeded Oakland (Mich.) (22-32, 13-14) in Tulsa, Okla.