IRVING, Texas — After slugging WKU Baseball to four-game win streak, center fielder
Jacob Rhinesmith was named Conference USA Hitter of the Week, the league office
announced Monday. The junior slashed an astounding .550/.571/.1.250 in four games,
hitting 11-for-20 with six extra-base hits (four homeruns and two doubles). He
scored 10 runs and drove in 11 for the Hilltoppers.
Rhinesmith follows teammate Dillon Nelson, who earned C-USA Hitter of the Week
honors on Feb. 26. It is the third time WKU has won multiple Hitter of the Week
awards since joining the league prior to the 2015 season. Anderson Miller was
crowned twice in 2015, while Steven Kraft and Thomas Peter were each honored once in
The Shakopee, Minn., native had three hits, two runs and two RBI in 3-of-4 games,
including a career-high four hits and four runs scored in the series finale vs.
All four of his hits in Game 2 of WKU’s doubleheader were extra-base hits (two
homeruns and two doubles) for 12 total bases, tying the most by a Hilltopper since
game-by-game records began in 2005, but was the first to do so since Matt Payton at
VCU on March 20, 2010. Also, his four runs scored were the most by a Hilltopper
since Danny Hudzina at Louisiana Tech on April 4, 2015.
Rhinesmith currently leads C-USA with seven homeruns, 28 hits, 11 extra-base hits
and a .809 slugging percentage. Nationally, he ranks seventh in homeruns, ninth in
hits, 12th in slugging percentage and second with 55 total bases.
In a 15-7 win at Belmont and a 17-5 win vs. Bowling Green, WKU scored 15-plus runs
in consecutive games for the first time since March 19-20, 2010, a span of 440 games
in-between. A three-game sweep of Bowling Green over the weekend was the
Hilltoppers’ first of a non-conference opponent since 2015.
Rhinesmith was also listed among Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Players of the
Week, only 1-of-5 hitters honored across all of Division I.