JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) — Sophomore Matt Burgess of the Arkansas State baseball team has been named the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Player of the Week the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Burgess helped A-State to a perfect 4-0 week with a Tuesday win over Memphis and weekend sweep of Louisiana-Monroe. He batted .500, racked up eight hits in 16 at bats with a double, a home run and six RBIs. The Greenbrier, Ark., native has a team season-high 15-game hitting streak and has reached base in 23 straight games.
In Sunday's dramatic comeback victory against ULM, Burgess had the game-tying hit in the bottom of the ninth inning and then sparked a late-inning rally during the midweek as the Red Wolves completed a season sweep of the Tigers.
Burgess also hit his third home run of the season in an 11-7 victory Saturday afternoon and had a .619 on-base percentage for the week to go along with a .750 slugging percentage. He ranks third in the conference with 42 RBIs, a mark that also ranks 16th nationally. He also has collected 52 hits on the year and has a team best batting average of .329.
The weekly conference award is the first of Burgess' career and is also the first award won by an A-State position player since 2011. In all, Arkansas State has had 21 position players win the weekly award to go along with 26 on the pitching side.
A-State returns to action for a midweek game at Central Arkansas Tuesday, April 22. First-pitch is set for 6 p.m. and the game can be heard on 95.3FM The Ticket/970AM KNEA and in the StateZone at AStateRedWolves.com
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