Big bats of Bousfield, Robbins honored
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:00 PM
A pair of Mississippi's top baseball prospects were tabbed for weekly honors Tuesday, and one of them took home some national recognition.
Southern Miss outfielder Mason Robbins was named Conference USA hitter of the week, while Ole Miss junior outfielder Auston Bousfield was named the national offensive Player of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America.
Bousfield was also named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week when the conference office announced its weekly honors, marking the second time this season an Ole Miss player was tabbed for their offensive performance.
The junior centerfielder hit a blistering .714 for the weekend series at No. 17 Kentucky as the Rebels posted series sweep of the Wildcats on the road. It marked the first series sweep of a nationally-ranked team on the road since a sweep of No. 16 Arkansas in the 2009 season to clinch a share of the SEC Championship.
Bousfield tallied a team-leading eight runs scored and also posted seven RBI on the weekend as he went 10-for-14 with four doubles and a home run. The performance extended his league-leading hit total to 72 for the season and improved his season batting average nearly 30 points to .371 and second in the conference.
He went 5-for-6 in game two of the series with a career-high six RBI and scored three runs in the Sunday game as Ole Miss rallied for the win and swept the series.
The Rebels return to action at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night against Southern Miss at Swayze Field. Ole Miss will then continue SEC play with a three-game series against Arkansas at home this weekend.
Down in Hattiesburg, Robbins, the Southern Miss junior right fielder, earned the Conference USA Hitter of the Week in a vote by the league office in Irving, Texas.
Robbins hit .533 for the week, going 8-for-15 with a double, a home runs and five RBI. He added a stolen base, to go along with a .563 on base percentage and a .800 slugging percentage.
The Leakesville, Miss., native had multiple hits in three of four games against nationally ranked opponent last week, including a 4-for-4 performance with four RBI in a win at No. 8 Alabama that gave Southern Miss a season sweep of the Crimson Tide.
His two-run homer late in the contest helped put the game away for the Golden Eagles as he collected a season-high hit total in the contest.
Robbins added two hits in the opener against No. 11 Rice on Friday and drove in the first run of the series finale with a single in the final game of the series before later doubling in that win giving him 12 multi-hit contests this season.
It was the first time this season and second time in his career that he had been named C-USA Hitter of the Week.