Oregon Ducks freshman Mitchell Tolman has been announced as the Pac-12 Player of the Week following his .474 (9-for-19) with a double, three walks and 14 RBI performance. It is Tolman’s first time receiving the honor and Oregon’s 11th all-time selection. First basemen Ryon Healy was last week’s recipient batting .400 (6-for-15) with a double, two home runs and seven RBI.
On Tuesday, Tolman went 3-of-4 (.750) with seven RBI in a 12-7 victory over Seattle. It was the most RBI in a game by any Duck since Jack Marder collected drove in eight on March 9, 2010.
Entering the week, Tolman had just 12 RBI. His added 14 put in him into the tops on the Oregon roster.
Tolman (.351, 39 hits, 26 RBI) is sixth in the conference in batting average with a minimum of 100 at-bats and is tops on the team. He’s also fourth on the team in RBI behind Healy (46), Scott Heineman (32) and Brett Thomas (27).
Oregon (37-11, 19-5), has a three-game road series against Ohio State this weekend before returning to Eugene for two games against Gonzaga on Tuesday and Wednesday then a weekend series against Oregon State.
With his added productivity and movement up the lineup, Tolman could make a serious push for some freshman hardware. Pac-12 all-conference honorable mention is not out of the realm of possibility.