BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a stellar week at the plate, King University baseball player Tyler Gaby earned recognition from Conference Carolinas. The senior was named Conference Carolinas Baseball Player of the Week after leading the Tornado offense to a 5-0 week.
The Bluff City, Tenn., native hit at a blistering .652 clip in a perfect week for the Tornado, helping the team to wins over Mars Hill University, UVa-Wise, and a series sweep of North Greenville University. King's leadoff hitter paced an offensive attack that hit .392 on the week and scored a whopping 57 runs, only once failing to surpass 12 runs in a contest.
He had 15 hits in 23 official at-bats, driving in nine runs and scoring another six. Seven of his hits were doubles, raising his slugging percentage for the week to .957. He also reached four times via a walk, bringing his on-base percentage to .704. He registered at least two hits and reached base safely at least three times in all five games this week. In addition to his work at the plate, he was a perfect 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts. Prior to Tuesday's game, Gaby led the team with a .402 batting average, was on a 12-game hitting streak, and has 12 multi-hit games.
In the latest NCAA stat rankings, Gaby ranked second in all of NCAA Division II with 13 doubles, and ninth with a total of 43 hits. This marks Gaby's second Conference Carolinas Player of the Week award this season as he also won the award in week two.
Gaby and the Tornado are in action again this afternoon when they host Virginia Intermont College at 3:00 p.m. King returns to Conference Carolinas play on Friday when they host Belmont Abbey College for a three game series.