Brent Rooker Named SEC Player of the Week
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After hitting .583 with a 1.167 slugging percentage and leading the Top-25 Mississippi State baseball team to a perfect 4-0 week, sophomore outfielder Brent Rooker was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Rooker is the first Bulldog to earn the honor since catcher Nick Ammirati did so on April 23, 2013.
As a pinch hitter Tuesday against a now 12-4 South Alabama squad, Rooker hit a game-winning two-RBI double down the left field line.
The slugger’s midweek performance carried over to the weekend, as Rooker drove in a run in every game against No. 10 Oregon, leading MSU to its first sweep against a Top-10 squad since 2012. On Friday and Sunday, the team captain tied career highs with three hits, two runs scored and a home run.
For the season, Rooker is hitting .377 with a team-leading 20 RBIs. The outfielder has hit two home runs in his last nine at-bats after hitting two in his previous 118 career at-bats. Rooker has also tallied 10 runs scored, six doubles, five walks, two stolen bases and a triple this spring.
Rooker and the Diamond Dawgs (12-3-1) return to action Tuesday at Dudy Noble Field for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch against Eastern Kentucky (7-8).