Rooker Claims USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Gold Standard Performance of the Week
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Honors keep piling on for Mississippi State junior outfielder Brent Rooker.
After going 8-for-8 with three home runs, three doubles and 14 RBI in the first two games of last weekend’s series against Indiana State and Marist, the Germantown, Tennessee native earned the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Gold Standard Performance of the Week.
Rooker took a landslide victory in the voting process, which was a fan vote via a poll on the Golden Spikes Award’s Twitter page, garnering 58 percent of over 3,000 votes. Florida pitcher Alex Faedo came in second place with 22 percent.
The honor marks the fourth Rooker has received this week. On Monday, e was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week in addition to being named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball. On Tuesday, he was named National Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
With five stolen bases on the weekend, Rooker is now 8-for-8 through nine games in 2017 and through the first 92 games of his collegiate career, he was only 2-for-3 at stealing bases. On the year, Rooker leads the SEC in RBIs (17), total bases (27) and stolen bases (8), while ranking second in doubles (5).
Rooker and the Diamond Dawgs will return to action this weekend with a three-game series at Oregon, which opens Friday, March 3 at 8 p.m. CT.