MSU's Rooker recognized as SEC Baseball Player of Week

MSU's Brent Rooker
Staff Writer

Mississippi State’s Brent Rooker bashed baseballs in, around and out of Dudy Noble Field all last week. On Monday, Rooker’s sweet-swinging few days were rewarded.
Rooker was picked the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week. The junior was also selected as a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.
Rooker hit at a .474 clip (9-for-19) last week for the Bulldogs. He also posted an on-base percentage of .583 and a 1.158 slugging percentage.
Rooker did most of his damage on Friday night and Saturday. In back-to-back games against Indiana State and Marist, Rooker went 8-for-8 with three home runs, three doubles and 14 RBI.
“I was able to find the barrel of the bat,” Rooker said. “I made a small adjustment before the (Friday night) game during batting practice and I think that paid off. I was able to get the head of the bat out a little bit more and catch a few balls out front, which felt pretty good. I was really seeing it well.”
Rooker was 4-for-4 with a pair of homers, two doubles and eight RBI against Indiana State on Friday. The eight runs driven in were the most a Bulldog player had drove home in a single game since 2010. Rooker followed that performance up on Saturday against Marist by going 4-for-4 again with another homer, another double and six more RBI.
Behind those showings, Rooker might yet earn even more accolades. Rooker has also been nominated for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Gold Standard Performance of the Week. Fans can vote to help Rooker get the honor by going to the Golden Spikes Award Twitter feed (@USAGoldenSpikes). The winner will be announced Thursday.
Rooker will look to continue his hot-hitting ways this weekend. MSU opens up a three-game series at Oregon on Friday at 8 p.m.