Matthews named player of the week by collegiate slugger award
EUGENE, Ore. – A week after being named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award named Gabe Matthews its player of the week.
For the second week in a row, Matthews hit over .600 going 10-for-15 and leading the award's watch list with 10 hits and eight runs scored. Matthews had multiple hits in all four games during the week and drove in six runs. He had two doubles and a triple, while walking twice and striking out just once with a pair of hit-by-pitches. His slash for the week was .667/.737/.933 in the four games. In the series win at USC, he batted .667 (8-for-12) with a double, a triple, five RBI and five runs scored. He finished the weekend series with a .733 on-base percentage while slugging .917.
In an 18-1 win over Portland to open the week, Matthews went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI before being removed from the game after the fifth inning in the blowout. On Friday, Matthews became Oregon's all-time hits leader passing J.J. Altobelli with his 212th base career base knock before eventually running his career total to 219 during the weekend.
In Saturday's win, Matthews had three hits (2 singles, 1 double) and two RBI in the first four innings as the Ducks scored 12 runs in those four innings. In Sunday's come-from-behind 7-5 win, the Ducks' first baseman drove in two and scored three of Oregon's seven runs. He had a two-RBI single in the top of the eighth to put the Ducks in front.
Matthews improved his batting average to .442 in Pac-12 Conference games, good for second in the league. His .545 OBP currently leads the Pac-12 Conference in league-only games.