Oregon baseball’s Mitchell Tolman named national hitter of the week

Oregon left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin (19) gives infielder Mitchell Tolman (37) a fist bump after running through home at the bottom of the second inning. The Oregon Ducks play the UC Riverside Highlanders at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on April 12, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin (19) gives infielder Mitchell Tolman (37) a fist bump after running through home at the bottom of the second inning. The Oregon Ducks play the UC Riverside Highlanders at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on April 12, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Posted by Victor Flores on Tuesday, Apr. 15 at 1:12 pm.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named Oregon third baseman Mitchell Tolman the national hitter of the week on Tuesday, a day after he earned Pac-12 player of the week honors. He now has two NCBWA hitter of the week awards in his career (first this season).

Tolman hit .600 (9-for-15) with six RBIs in No. 23 Oregon’s five wins over Portland and UC Riverside last week. The sophomore cleanup hitter leads all Ducks this season with a .351 batting average (ninth among Pac-12 hitters) and is second in on-base percentage (.466) and slugging percentage (.504).

Tolman had another strong performance at the plate in Monday’s 4-3 win over San Diego. He went 1-for-3 with two intentional walks.

“I love coming up with guys in scoring position,” Tolman told reporters after the game. “They pitched around me, it is what it is and I have faith in all the guys behind me.”

The Ducks (28-10, 7-5 Pac-12) get Tuesday and Wednesday off before playing their first Pac-12 series since April 6. They’ll take on Washington State (16-15, 7-4) for a three-game series at PK Park starting Thursday at 6 p.m.

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