NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Belmont University baseball sophomore John Behrends earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week earlier this week.
The accolade marks the fifth time in the last six seasons where a Belmont Baseball player has received TSWA's weekly award at least once in a season.
Behrends held a .476 batting average in five games for Belmont last week, helping the Bruins to four wins in the process. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native had a slugging percentage of .905 on the week in addition to hitting two home runs to go with nine RBIs.
Holding a 13-game hitting streak heading into the second game of the Lipscomb doubleheader on Tuesday, Behrends' streak marked the second time in the last two seasons where a Belmont Baseball player has had a 10+ game hitting streak. With his triple in last Friday's game against EIU, Belmont now has had at least one player hit at least two triples in 22 of the last 23 seasons.
Behrends currently has a .406 batting average, leading the Bruins with five home runs and 26 RBIs. He is currently in the top 10 in nine statistical categories in the OVC, currently sitting in second in batting average (.406), on-base percentage (.496) and currently leads the conference in doubles with nine.
Named to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Top Players To Watch in the OVC in the preseason, Behrends is in the top 50 in NCAA Division I Baseball in batting average (45th), hits (29th), runs (32nd), and total bases (41st).
Behrends and the Bruins continue OVC play on Friday at Jacksonville State at 6 p.m.