NCAA names third baseman Miles National Player of the Week
By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information Coordinator
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – And the hits just keep on coming. For once that phrase has a positive connotation as Tennessee Tech baseball's senior Daniel Miles collected his second honor of the week Tuesday morning, this time on the national level.
The third baseman garnered NCAA Player of the Week honors after erupting for 11 RBI and a .474 batting average last week. He helped the Golden Eagles (7-1) to a 5-0 record with a four-game sweep of NYIT and a weekday victory over in-state rival Middle Tennessee. Assisting his team to a 64-16 run differential during the week, Miles already earned adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Week honors.
He also finished the week with a slugging percentage of .842 and a .583 on-base percentage thanks to four free passes. He scored seven runs and racked up nine hits, including two long balls and a double.
A native of Pascagoula, Miss., Miles swung his way into the record books on Saturday, breaking the Tech single-game mark for RBI in a contest, driving in eight runs in the second game of a doubleheader against NYIT. He connected on four of his five at-bats, including two home runs and a double, scoring three runs while walking once and helping the Golden Eagles to a mammoth, 19-3 victory.
On the season, Miles ranks second on the Tech squad and fifth in the OVC with both batting average and slugging percentage with marks of .438 and .688, respectively. The native of Pascagoula, Miss., ranks second in the league and on the team with 11 RBI. He also ranks in the top three on the team and top five in the OVC in runs scored, hits, on-base percentage, home runs, walks, and total bases.
This marks the second week of his career he has received national honors for his play and the third national honor overall. Last season, Miles was named Collegiate Baseball newspaper Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and CollegeBaseballInsider.com Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after clobbering four dingers in a three-game series against OVC foe Austin Peay.