NORTHFIELD, Minn. – One day after being tabbed the first MIAC Baseball Player-of-the-Week of the 2013 season, Carleton College rookie Hayden Tsutsui (Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) was selected to the D3baseball.com national Team-of-the-Week.
He is the second Knight to pick up this national honor in 2013. After pitching 5.0 innings of a combined no-hitter in the season opener, Kevin Johnson (Jr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) was one of three starting pitchers chosen to D3baseball.com’s first weekly squad of the campaign.
Having split time at catcher, first base, and centerfield this season, Tsutsui was chosen as an outfielder to D3baseball.com’s 13-player squad (four pitchers, designated hitter, and one at each of the other eight defensive positions) this week.
Tsutsui has been swinging a hot bat this season, particularly as of late. Last week, the Knight rookie had multi-hit performances in all six of his team's games, batting .679 (19-for-28) with eight extra-base hits (5 doubles, 3 homers) for a 1.179 slugging percentage. He had a .700 OBP with only one strikeout in 30 plate appearances, while accumulating 9 runs and 14 RBI.
Tsutsui's amazing week included a 4-for-5 performance with a run and two RBI in a 10-6 loss against No. 18 UW-La Crosse. However, his best effort was a perfect 6-for-6 performance with a home run, two doubles, four runs and four RBI in a 17-11 nine-inning win over Wesleyan. The six hits are the most by a MIAC player in a game since the conference started tracking the stat in 2002.
This season, Tsutsui leads the MIAC in most offensive categories: batting average (.529) , hits (27), runs (21), home runs (3), total bases (31), extra-base hits (11), on-base percentage (.574), and slugging percentage (.882). He also shares the MIAC lead with seven doubles and is second with 19 RBI.