Yovan adds two more national awards plus Pac-12 honor
Eugene, Ore. – Kenyon Yovan has added more award to his resume following his dominant performance over the weekend in a sweep of nationally ranked UC Santa Barbara. A day after being named a national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball, Yovan claimed national player of the week honors from Perfect Game, national hitter of the week recognition from the NCBWA and Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week accolades.
Yovan, who is a Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America pick, batted .467 (7-for-15) with four home runs and 11 RBI, while finishing the weekend with a blistering 1.267 slugging percentage and .591 on-base percentage.
After walking twice in five plate appearances in Friday's 7-6 win, Yovan led Oregon to a doubleheader sweep of the Gauchos on Saturday and extra-innings win on Sunday. In the doubleheader, Yovan hit three home runs and drove in nine runs in the two wins while going 5-for-9 at the plate with three runs scored and a walk.
In game one on Saturday, Yovan drove in four of Oregon's five runs with a home run and a single in a 5-4 win. With the Ducks trailing 4-0 in the top of the eighth, The Ducks' DH crushed a three-run homer to cut the Gauchos lead to one with Oregon eventually tying the game later in the inning. Then in the ninth, Yovan drove in the go-ahead run with a single to right field.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Yovan hit a pair of home runs and finished 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored with a walk in Oregon's 17-2 win. He hit a two-run home run in the second inning, added a sacrifice fly in the fifth and hit another two-run bomb in the eighth. He finished the day with a single and a run scored in the eighth inning.
Sunday, Yovan gave the Ducks an early lead hitting his fourth home run of the series in the first inning, a solo shot over the left-field fence. He added a RBI single off the top of the left-field wall in the seventh to give Oregon a 3-1 lead. UCSB had enough of Yovan after that, intentionally walking him in his final two bats, both times with two outs and nobody on base. The final walk resulted in a run scored in Oregon's decisive five-run 10th inning.
The Collegiate Baseball Player of the Week award is the first for Yovan during his career, but he was named the Collegiate Baseball Pitcher of the Week on April 30, 2018. Yovan is the first Duck to win the honor since Spencer Steer earned it on April 15, 2019. The Perfect Game award was the first ever for a Duck, while Steer also won the NCBWA and the Pac-12 Player of the Week awards in 2019.