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

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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