Since the entrance into the starting line-up, he hasn't disappointed. Tolman is 27-for-82 in Pac-12 play. And just two months after entering the line-up, he was named Pac-12 Player of the Week and NCBWA Hitter of the Week this past week.
"I think I just slowed things down. It's just go up there take a breath and trust my work and what I've put into it," he said. "It's frustrating sitting on the bench when all your teammates are on the field. It's been an interesting journey since I've been here."
In last week's award-winning effort, Tolman 9-for-19 with 14 RBI in five games, including a seven RBI effort in a win over Seattle.
"We set our own standards so high for ourselves and I feel as if I've done a good job. I also feel like I can do better and I want to do better," he said.
But while he's been raking at the plate, a few defensive miscues gave the freshman cause for a pause earlier this season. Tolman committed four errors in the first two games of the UCLA series (both losses), and a crucial error in Saturday's loss gave UCLA the game's only run.
"It was definitely a frustrating series. For me I was frustrated with myself, because I felt I left my team down.
"I think I went home that Saturday night and sat in my room and thought about it and visualized. I moved on after that. Coach Horton says 'Once your head hits the pillow, you think positive thoughts and you move on.''
Tolman attributes the struggles with his inability to slow himself down and recognize he has enough time to make the simple play, something he says he's spent countless practice time correcting.
With an essential tie at the top of the Pac-12 standings with Oregon State, Oregon takes a one-weekend hiatus from Pac-12 play to travel to Columbus, Ohio for a three-game series with Ohio State. The Buckeyes current sit third in the Big-10 and could use wins over No. 6 Oregon to improve its NCAA tournament standing.
"It's good for experience. I'm sure they'll have a good pitching staff, good hitters and overall they'll be a really good team. That'll be good going into Oregon State next weekend…it'll just get us ready," Tolman said.
The Ducks and Buckeyes open the series with a 4:05 first-pitch Friday, followed by a noon start Saturday and a 9:00 a.m. start Sunday.