April 10, 2013

Miles named CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Player of the Week


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Chalk up another award for Tennessee Tech third baseman Daniel Miles. The junior infielder collected his third honor of the week Wednesday afternoon, being named CollegeBaseballInsider.com Louisville Sluggger National Player of the Week.

The awards are starting to pile up for Miles, who earned Collegiate Baseball newspaper Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of Week honors earlier this week.

A transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Miles was a beast for the Golden Eagles this past week. The third baseman crushed four home runs while driving in nine RBI and scoring seven times. He earned an average of .500 after a 7-for-14 performance at the plate while also slugging 1.357. He also garnered five walks, contributing to a .632 on-base percentage.

The junior did the bulk of his damage against OVC foe Austin Peay on Saturday, tying a Golden Eagle record with three homers in a single contest. Miles smacked dingers in three consecutive innings, driving in a career-high six runs while guiding his team to a 10-7 win. He also combined with shortstop Dylan Bosheers to become the first set of teammates to hit back-to-back long balls in consecutive innings in Tech history. Each hit first-pitch bombs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

He added another home run against the Govs on Sunday, going back-to-back with designated hitter Brandon Thomasson in the second inning to set up a 12-4 win.

A crucial part of the Golden Eagle squad this season, Miles leads Tech in both average and slugging percentage, totaling marks of .343 and .657, respectively. He ranks second on the team and fourth in the OVC with seven home runs and has driven in 28 runs in 28 games played.

The Golden Eagles have had several players receive awards this season. Here's a look at the this year's award recipients:

Preseason:
Michael Morris - Preseason All-OVC Second-Team (College Sports Madness)
Zach Stephens - 2013 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Honrable Mention (CollegeBaseballInsider.com)
Zach Stephens - Preseason All-America Third-Team (NCBWA)
Zach Stephens - Preseason All-OVC First-Team (College Sports Madness)
Zach Stephens - Preseason All-OVC First-Team (Ohio Valley Conference)
Zach Stephens - Preseason co-Player of the Year (Ohio Valley Conference)
Austin Wulf - Preseason All-OVC Second-Team (College Sports Madness)

February 25:
Brandon Thomasson - adidas OVC Player of the Week (Ohio Valley Conference)

March 18:
Brandon Thomasson - OVC Player of the Week (College Sports Madness)

April 1:
Tristan Archer - adidas OVC Pitcher of the Week (Ohio Valley Conference)
Tristan Archer - OVC Player of the Week (College Sports Madness)

April 8:
Daniel Miles - adidas OVC Player of the Week (Ohio Valley Conference)
Daniel Miles - Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (Collegiate Baseball newspaper)

April 10:
Daniel Miles - Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (CollegeBaseballInsider.com)