BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin Wallace University two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference and two-time Division III All-Mideast Region first baseman/ designated hitter Hunter Handel (Akron/ Green) is this week's Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week.
It is Handel's first-ever OAC Hitter of the Week accolade, but marks the second straight week that a Yellow Jacket has earned the award and second straight week a graduate of Green High School has claimed the honor. Last week, Handel's high school and four-year BW teammate, senior pitcher/ shortstop Mark Zimmerman won the award.
Last week, in just one game, Handel slugged two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs as the Yellow Jackets (18-17, 10-4 OAC) beat Pitt-Greensburg, 19-5. He hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning to give BW a 2-0 lead and hammered his grand slam in a nine-run fourth that broke the game open and led to BW's sixth straight win and 10th victory in its last 12 contests.
Handel, who is batting .344 (42-for-122) with three homers and a team-leading 38 runs batted-in (RBI), is batting .455 during his last 15 games. This season, he also has 24 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples and six stolen bases. Handel has a .533 slugging and .474 on-base average. He has drawn 21 bases-on-balls (walks) and hit-by-pitch a team-high nine times.
During his career, Handel is batting 351 (176-for-501) with 82 runs scorede, 32 doubles, five triples, 13 homers, 140 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He has a .513 career slugging and .433 career on-base average.
In addition to being a four-year baseball standout, Handel, a pre-physical therapy major, is a strong student who carries a 3.39 grade point average and is a candidate for CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District 7 honors.
The Yellow Jackets are back in action this Friday, May 6 when BW hosts OAC rival the University of Mount Union in a doubleheader at Fisher Field on Seniors' & Parents' Day. The first game is at 1 p.m. BW also travels to New Concord on Sunday, May 8 to complete its OAC regular season when it plays a rescheduled twinbill at Muskingum University. The first game is at 1 p.m.
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April 25, 2016 Zimmerman Earns Third Career OAC Hitter-of-the-Week Honor
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April 17, 2016 Baseball Team Wins at Pitt-Bradford, 14-7
April 14, 2016 Baseball Team Loses at Wooster
April 11, 2016 Lovick Garners First Career OAC Pitcher-of-the-Week Honor
April 10, 2016 Baseball Team Splits OAC Twinbill at First Place Marietta
April 5, 2016 BW Baseball Team Loses OAC Twinbill to Otterbein
March 30, 2016 Baseball Team Splits Twinbill at Allegheny (Pa.)
March 29, 2016 Miscues Hurt BW Baseball Team in 6-3 Loss at CWRU
March 26, 2016 BW Baseball Team Sweeps OAC-Opening Twinbill at JCU
March 19, 2016 Baseball Team Drops a Pair of Non-Conference Games
March 8, 2016 Baseball Falls at Texas Lutheran
March 5, 2016 Baseball Team Sweeps Anderson (Ind.) in Kentucky
February 28, 2016 No. 19 Baseball Team Splits at Spalding (Ky.)
February 27, 2016 No. 19 Baseball Team Beats Wheaton (Ill.), 15-6
February 21, 2016 No. 19 Baseball Team Opens With a Pair of Losses to LaRoche (Pa.)
February 19, 2016 No. 19 BW Baseball Team Seeks OAC Title and Third Straight NCAA Trip
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