MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After extending his hit streak to 22 games and hitting four home runs in three games, West Virginia University junior second baseman Kyle Gray has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week.
Along with being named the Big 12 Player of the Week, Gray was recognized as one of the National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week. The accolades are the first weekly honors of Gray’s career.
A Blanco, Texas, native, Gray is the third Mountaineer to be named the Big 12 Player of the Week this season, after Kevin Brophy was recognized on Feb. 26, and Marques Inman on April 9.
Gray’s 22-game hit streak is the longest by a Mountaineer since Dan DiBartolomeo’s 23-game streak in 2009. His 13 home runs are tied for seventh-most in a single season in program history.
Last week, Gray led the league in nearly every statistical category, with a .588 average, a 1.412 slugging percentage, 10 hits, four home runs, nine RBIs, 24 total bases and eight runs scored, while he was second with a .632 on-base percentage and two doubles. His average in WVU’s series at Kansas increased to .615, his slugging percentage to 1.615 and his on-base percentage was up to .667.
Gray had at least two hits, an RBI and a run scored in every game this week for the Mountaineers and hit four home runs in three games at Kansas. His week was highlighted by a career-high-tying four hits and four RBIs with four runs scored on May 4 at KU. He hit the first of four homers on the weekend and was a triple shy of the cycle. The next day, Gray hit a career-high-tying two home runs with three RBIs before closing the week with another two-hit day with his fourth homer in three days on Sunday.
In Big 12 play, Gray leads the conference with a .409 batting average and .833 slugging percentage, is second with seven home runs and 55 total bases, fifth with a .474 on-base percentage, sixth with 27 hits, seventh with 20 runs scored.
West Virginia returns home to host Virginia Tech on Wednesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. ET, at Monongalia County Ballpark.
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Press Release Credit: Charlie Healy- WVUsports.com