(Editor's note: MSUB Athletics release)
PORTLAND, Ore. – For the second time this season, a Montana State University Billings baseball player has earned West Region Player of the Week honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Montana State Billings senior first baseman Tanner Cantwell led the Yellowjackets with a .583 batting average, going 7 for 12 with three runs, six RBI, four doubles and two home runs. He compiled a .615 on-base percentage and a 1.417 slugging percentage in three games at Saint Martin’s.
In Friday’s opener, Cantwell went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in a seven-run second inning in the Yellowjackets’ 15-6 win. He then went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored as MSUB lost Friday’s nightcap, 11-3. Cantwell closed the week by going 4 for 4 with three doubles, a homer and four RBI in a 12-8 loss in the finale.
Cantwell leads the GNAC and ranks 34th in Division II with eight doubles. He is second in the conference with 22 hits, third with a .700 slugging percentage, fourth with 14 RBI, sixth with a .367 batting average and a .465 on-base percentage and seventh with 14 runs scored.
Teammate Daniel Cipriano earned West Region Player of the Week on February 27, 2020. The Yellowjackets (11-6, 3-4 GNAC) are scheduled to play Central Washington University in a pair of doubleheaders Friday and Saturday of this week beginning at 1 p.m. at Dehler Park. MSUB leads the conference in batting average (.302), slugging percentage (.553), on-base percentage (.379), hits (175), runs (135), RBI (126), and home runs (30).