RUSTON, La. – On Tuesday morning the National College Baseball Writers Association named Louisiana Tech third baseman Chase Lunceford National Player of the Week.
“Chase had a tremendous week,” head coach Lane Burroughs said. “He is doing a better job of evaluating pitches and when it is in his strike zone, really putting a good swing on it. I think he is not only one of the best hitters in our league, but in the country when he is on. He is hard on himself. Early on he was struggling and putting a lot of pressure on himself. Now he has relaxed and rolling.”
Lunceford was joined by Radford senior RHP Danny Hrbek and Kansas State LHP Parker Rigler as National Players of the Week, who shared the honors on the pitching side.
Lunceford is coming off of a historic week, which saw him launch three home runs in wins over previously unbeaten Arkansas and Wichita State. Lunceford drove in at least one run in all five games and drove in nine runs for the week.
On Tuesday night, Lunceford ripped a one-out, two-run double down the right field line to put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1, a lead the Bulldogs would never relinquish against the nationally-ranked Razorbacks.
On Sunday afternoon, the senior launched two home runs as Louisiana Tech completed the sweep over Wichita State. He became the first Bulldog to launch two home runs in a single game in over three years.
“He is a professional and he is a hard worker,” Burroughs continued. “One of the most underrated parts of his game is that he is such a great defender at third base. Obviously, we are proud of him for this recognition and he will take it in stride. He works hard on his craft and he deserves it. I am excited about seeing him continue to play well.”
Lunceford and the Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. as Louisiana Tech takes on SEC-power Mississippi State in Starkville. Tuesday night’s game will be streamed on the SEC Network+ and broadcast on ESPN 97.7.