South Dakota State University third baseman Jesse Sawyer is receiving regional and national accolades following an impressive week at the plate for the Jackrabbit baseball team.
The reigning Summit League Player of the Week, Sawyer has been recognized by College Baseball Insider as its Central Region Player of the Week and was named a member of the National All-Star Lineup by the College Baseball Foundation. In addition, Sawyer was honored by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as its National Co-Hitter of the Week.
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.
Sawyer and the Jackrabbits resume Summit League action this weekend, hosting Oakland (Mich.) in a four-game series. The series opener is slated for a 2 p.m. start Friday at Erv Huether Field, with a doubleheader set for noon Saturday. The series finale is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday.