ATHENS, Ohio -- Junior first baseman Rody Rott (Holmen, Wis.) earned both national and conference player of the week recognition on Monday (May 14) for his efforts for the Ohio baseball team (21-29, 9-15 MAC) last week.
Rott was named one of Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's National Players of the Week and also garnered Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors.
Rott becomes the second Bobcat to be named MAC Player of the Week in 2018, joining freshman infielder Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio), who was recognized on April 2, in earning such honors. He earns conference player of the week accolades for the third time in his Ohio career, as he earned such distinction twice in his sophomore season of 2017.
Rott put his power on full display last week for Ohio, leading the Bobcats in batting average (.444), slugging percentage (1.111), hits (8), home runs (4), RBIs (9), runs scored (8) and home runs (4) over four games. Rott opened the week going 2-for-5 with a pair of homers, four RBIs and two runs scored in a 10-9 loss to in-state rival Youngstown State last Tuesday (May 9) at Bob Wren Stadium. He then finished 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored as Ohio fell to Western Michigan, 7-6, in the opening game of a three-game MAC series at The Wren last Friday (May 11). Rott helped the Bobcats best the Broncos, 10-7, on Saturday (May 12), going 3-for-4 with his team-high 15th home run of 2018, a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored. His homer marked his seventh over a span of seven-straight games and marked the fourth game in a row he went deep. The contest also marked his team-high 24th multi-hit game of the season, team-high 15th multi-RBI game of the year and team-high eighth with at least three hits. Rott's homer streak ended on Sunday (May 13) in a 10-6 loss to Western Michigan in the series rubber match, but he still singled, walked and scored a run and extended his current hitting streak to eight-straight games.
Through 50 games in 2018, Rott leads the Bobcats in batting average (.373), slugging percentage (.686), on-base percentage (.454), hits (76), doubles (15), home runs (15), walks (28), RBIs (49) and runs scored (48). He leads the MAC in batting average and hits and is tied for the lead in home runs, ranking second in slugging percentage and RBIs and is tied for second in doubles and ranks third in on-base percentage. His 140 total bases are a conference-high and rank eighth in the nation.
Ohio closes out the 2018 regular season with a trip to Mount Pleasant, Mich., this weekend (May 17-19) for a three-game MAC series against Central Michigan.