Jack Zoellner, the UNM baseball team’s first baseman, was awarded Mountain West Player of the Week honors after a solid performance in a three-game series against Binghamton over the weekend.
Zoellner hit a pedestrian .200 in game one, going 1-for-5 at the plate and striking out once, but had banner numbers by the end of the series. He rebounded to hit a whopping .500 over three games, going 6-for-12 and driving in eight runs.
But that’s not all. Half of those hits came by way of the long ball. The slugger blasted three home runs, driving in eight RBI and scoring five runs.
His best performance came in the Lobos’ second matchup against Binghamton on Saturday afternoon, as he went 3-for-4 from the plate with six RBI and and three home runs. Two of the dingers came in consecutive innings, when the Lobos broke open the game en route to a 10-4 victory.
The six RBI and three home runs are career single-game highs for the first baseman, according to a press release from the Mountain West.
The first baseman followed up the performance by going 2-for-3 on Sunday, batting in another run in an 11-4 victory.
He was also productive on the field, committing no errors in 41 chances – 39 of which were putouts and two assists, the release stated.
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This is the first time Zoellner has received a Conference Player of the Week award.
The Lobo baseball team will be traveling to Dallas, Texas this weekend to participate in another three-game series with Dallas Baptist starting on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and the game will broadcast on ESPN Radio, 101.7 The Team.
Matthew Narvaiz is a sports reporter for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers women’s basketball and baseball. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @matt_narvaiz