May 8, 2012
OREM, Utah -- A day after entering the national rankings for the first time in program history, No. 27 Utah Valley and first baseman Goose Kallunki received more praise as the senior was named the National Hitter of the Week by the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Kallunki is the first player from Utah Valley to win a weekly NCBWA award and it the award comes a day after he received one of Collegiate Baseball's "Louisville Slugger" National Players of the Week for the second time this season.
CollegeBaseball360.com also named Kallunki one of its Primetime Performers for the second time this season and featured UVU's nation-leading 28-game win streak in its By the Numbers Notebook.
Kallunki also received the Great West Conference's Player of the Week for the third time on Tuesday. He went 10-for-19 (.526) in the week's five games and hit three home runs, three doubles, one triple, while driving in 12 runs. Kallunki had an on-base percentage .640 and slugging percentage of 1.263 while helping thre Wolverines increase their nation-leading winning streak to 28 games.
The senior currently leads the nation in RBI with 72 and ranks in the top 10 among national leaders in batting average (.419), home runs (15), slugging percentage (.747), hits (78) and total bases (139).