DALLAS, Texas — For the third time in Conference USA history, a player has earned
back-to-back Hitter of the Week honors. That player is WKU Baseball’s Jake Sanford,
who went 12-for-20 over the past week with five homeruns with eight runs scored and
15 batted in.
“The biggest thing about Jake is how he has remained confident in his ability
and consistent in his approach. He just goes about his business and what you see
is what you get. He’s a down-to-earth person who is a tremendous student-athlete
here at WKU and we’re glad to have him,” head coach John Pawlowski said.
The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, native had a .600/.636/1.400 slash line for the week,
helping the Hilltoppers go 3-0-1, pushing their overall mark to 14-11-1 and hold at
second-place in the C-USA standings with a record of 7-1-1. It is WKU’s best start
in league action since beginning with an 8-1 record in the Sun Belt Conference in
In Tuesday’s 12-9 victory at Eastern Kentucky, Sanford went 3-for-6 with three
homeruns, eight runs batted in and four runs scored. He became the first WKU player
to hit three homeruns in a game since Jordan Newton in 2006, and only the fourth
C-USA hitter to do so since 2010. His eight runs batted in were the most by a
Hilltopper since at least 2005 (when game-by-game records are available) and tied
for the fifth-most in C-USA history.
Sanford continued his tear over the weekend, going 9-for-14 against the 49ers —
including back-to-back four-hit games to cap the series — with two homeruns, seven
runs batted in and four runs scored.
For the season, Sanford leads C-USA hitters in multiple offensive categories with 14
homeruns, 24 extra-base hits, 42 runs batted in, 33 runs scored, 93 total bases and
an .886 slugging percentage to lead all C-USA hitters. In nine league games, He tops
the charts with a .462 batting average six homeruns, 19 runs batted in, 14 runs
scored, 38 total bases and a .974 slugging percentage.
Across Division I, his 14 homeruns rank second, 42 runs batted in are tied for
fourth and 33 runs scored are tied for 16th, while his 93 total bases and .886
slugging percentage stand third overall.
The weekly award is presented by Top of the World. It is the eighth C-USA Hitter of
the Week honor by a Hilltopper over the past five years, as Sanford becomes the
second WKU player (Anderson Miller in 2015) to win it twice in the same season.