Oregon St.'s freshman first baseman and sometimes catcher KJ Harrison has gotten off to a phenomenal start to the season, and for his efforts, has been named the Pac-12 baseball Player of the Week.
The last game of the Surprise Tournament last Monday against New Mexico counts for the week as well as all 4 games in Surprise last weekend in the Pac-12 - Big XII Tournament, and Harrison, who has started and hit in all 8 games this season, had a surprisingly strong showing.
The freshman from Kailua, HI, had multiple hits in 4 of the 5 games, and went 10-for-22 (.455). Harrison had 2 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs, including a grand slam Sunday, and 10 RBIs over the five games, as well as 2 walks. His slugging percentage was .909.
He also had a perfect fielding percentage, which included a start behind the plate, as well as being the first baseman the rest of the time.
One of only 3 Oregon St. players to start all 8 games, Harrison already has 4 home runs, and is hitting .491 for the year. That has helped the Beavers to a 5-3 start, and as a result, Oregon St. has cracked into one of the baseball polls for the first time this year, debuting at #25 in the Perfect Game rankings.
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has also named Harrison as their National Hitter of the Week.