Smith earns national player of the week honor

Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 5:04 PM PDT
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Senior Keaton Smith has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Player of the Week after his historic run against No. 2 Oregon State and Air Force. Smith led Nevada with a .600 batting average, 30 total bases, 15 hits, three doubles, three triples, two home runs and a 1.200 slugging percentage in the five games played this past week.

Smith is the only player from the Mountain West to receive this honor from the NCBWA this season. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference every week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

In the second game against defending national champion and No. 2 Oregon State, Smith launched the first pitch he saw in the 10th inning over the left-field wall for a 7-6 walkoff victory. Against the Beavers, Smith slashed .667 with six hits, a triple, three RBI and the game-winning home run.

At Air Force, Smith made Nevada history as the first player to hit for the cycle since Brooks Klein in 2012. He did it in the series finale, as the Pack put up 26 runs, the most ever under head coach T.J. Bruce.

Smith continued his hot streak by batting .563 with nine hits, three doubles, two triples and a home run with 19 total bases against the Falcons. Smith scored at least one run in all five games last week, and at least three hits in four of the five.

Entering the series against No. 2 Oregon State, Smith was batting .156 on the year. Following the five-game week, he is now slashing .248.

Smith and the Pack will host UC Davis this evening and MW leading Fresno State for a weekend series. Smith will be honored along with his fellow seniors on Sunday for Nevada’s Senior Day. Tickets for this week are available online or by calling (775) 348-PACK.

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