Ole Miss baseball’s Tyler Keenan and Hayden Dunhurst were named SEC player of the week and co-SEC freshman of the week respectively, giving the Rebel roster its sixth conference honor in five weeks.
For those of you keeping score at home, that is more honors than weeks!
While the future of the 2020 collegiate baseball season is uncertain, there are two things that cannot be disputed or changed— Ole Miss and Florida entered the pandemic-induced suspension with the nation’s best record of 16-1, and the Rebels received more individual honors than the Gators. Thus, the only logical conclusion is that the Oxford-based players are better, and the team is now crowned 2020 National Champions.
Sound good? Sounds good.
Keenan, who is boasting an 11-game hitting streak, hit an astounding .714 against Louisiana Monroe and knocked in nine RBI. He accounted for five runs of his own, and smacked three dingers to the moon.
Keenan is over the .400 batting average mark for the 2020 season, drove in 33 runs in 17 games and leads the team with seven home runs. It was the second consecutive week in which the junior from North Carolina earned the player of the week award and prior to the season shutdown, was a sure-fire All American.
Dunhurst, who has put together a marvelous freshman season behind the dish, was named to the Buster Posey Award watch list, given to the best catcher in college baseball, before he added to his campaign with a 2.200 slugging percentage and .800 on base percentage in Louisiana. He also doubled, scored four runs, knocked in three RBIs and crushed a no-doubter in the second of two games.
A few innings later, he added another bomb, moving him into a tie for second on the team with five home runs in 2020.
With his performance against the Warhawks, Dunhurst joined Keenan, Cael Baker, Doug Nikhazy and Braden Forsyth as the fifth different Rebel to earn himself a weekly honor.
There is no telling whether the 2020 season will continue, but if it does, it seems likely that that this team of fun-havers will continue to rack up the accolades. If it doesn’t, the Rebels claim a winning streak and a weekly honor streak that has not been seen in the program’s history. Oh, and Ole Miss is national champions.
In the words of Tate Blackman, “UCF can do it! So can we! Where the rings at??”