BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Mississippi Valley State University baseball program has broken an eight-season drought without a SWAC Weekly Award winner as slugging third baseman Dreylin Holmes was voted as this week’s Conference Hitter of the Week.
He becomes the first Diamond Devil to win any weekly honor in the league since Johnathan Parker was voted Pitcher of the Week on May 13, 2014 and first MVSU baseball player to earn player/hitter since all the way back on March 17, 2011 when Scott Hornstra received the accolade.
One of Head Coach Stanley Stubbs’ most prized transfers that followed him over from Rust College, the Griffin, Georgia native was not to be denied as he hit .500 (10-for-20) with nine runs scored, four home runs, two doubles, two stolen bases, plus a pair of walks over five games against Tougaloo and Bethune-Cookman.
In each of game two of the Tougaloo doubleheader and game three versus B-CU, the 6-2 bopper launched two moonshot home runs apiece to account for nine RBIs with the Wildcats being so worried about his production that they walked him to load the bases which led to a six-run fourth inning.
Holmes currently leads the SWAC in home runs per game (0.32), is second for slugging percentage (.700), and fifth regarding runs scored a contest (1.11).
Along with his conference rankings, he also leads the Delta Devils in batting average (.329), on-base percentage (.413), total bases (49), hits (23), runs scored (21), walks (10), doubles (6), and homers (6) while ranking second with 17 RBIs.
Holmes, Stubbs, and the rest of the Devils take to the road on Friday for a battle with the struggling but dangerous Jackson State Tigers inside Braddy Field.
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