One day after earning the first Conference USA Hitter of the Week honor of his career, senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan claimed another first as he was named National Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Tuesday afternoon.
Kaplan hit .625 and was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases in a three-game weekend sweep of St. Joseph's when he hit two home runs as Tulane defeated the Hawks by a combined 41-6 score, including a 27-3 victory on Saturday.
For the week, Kaplan hit .625 (5-for-8) with a 1.375 slugging percentage and a stellar .750 on-base percentage after reaching base on nine of his 12 trips to the plate. He tallied two multiple-hit games and stole a pair of bases twice to the first weekly award of his career.
Kaplan started his weekend on a high note, going 2-for-4 and accounted for all three runs in the Green Wave's 3-2 win over St. Joseph's with a two-run homer in the third and scoring what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch in the fifth.
On Saturday, Kaplan was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and two stolen bases. His three-run homer in the fourth sparked a 14-run inning to help Tulane win 27-3. He wrapped up the weekend with a 1-for-2 showing with two stolen bases and a run scored while reaching base twice after getting hit by a pitch.
Last season, Kaplan earned second-team All-Conference USA honors after leading the team with 18 doubles and 30 stolen bases while finishing second on the squad with a .333 batting average.
Tulane gets back in action on Friday, Feb. 14 when the Green Wave opens a three-game slate against George Mason at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.