FRISCO – After leading the Sam Houston State Bearkats to a weekend sweep of Lamar, sophomore Jack Rogers has been named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, per a release from league officials on Monday afternoon.
It is the first such honor in Rogers’ career and it marks the fourth time this season a Bearkat has reeled in the award, joining teammates Clayton Harp, Diego Davila and Colton Cowser.
Rogers turned in a big week for the Bearkats, helping SHSU secure its hold on first place in the Southland. The sophomore slugger hit safely and reached base twice in each of the Kats’ four games on the week, scoring four times with seven RBI and five extra-base hits.
He had a walk and an RBI double in a midweek clash with Rice on Tuesday, then had a huge game in a 15-6 win over the Cardinals in the series opener. He hit safely in his first three at-bats, highlighting the game with an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning on his way to a 3-for-4 day that saw him drive in four and reach base four times.
Rogers was huge in SHSU’s twilight twinbill on Saturday, hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to cap the Kats’ comeback win in the night’s opener. He then went 2-for-5 with an RBI as the Kats closed out the sweep in the series finale, a game that ended at nearly 2:30 a.m.
He currently ranks third in the SLC’s top 10 in slugging percentage (.613), is tied for the lead with 12 doubles and ranks in a tie for fifth with five home runs.
The Bearkats will be back in action at The Don on Tuesday night when they host Houston in the second game of the Don Sanders Cup series with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+. The Kats will then hit the road this weekend for a three-game set at Stephen F. Austin beginning on Friday at Jaycees Field.