The Daily Barometer Athlete of the Week
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 01:02
In a four-game sweep over San Diego State, the No. 6 Oregon State baseball team had many positives up and down their roster.
Senior left-hander Matt Boyd and freshman right-hander Andrew Moore both threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings. The bullpen once again allowed no runs. Danny Hayes hit .462 over the weekend. And the Beavers outscored the Aztecs 22-2 in four games.
With all of those key contributors, none were more important than sophomore right fielder Dylan Davis.
Davis had eight hits in 17 at-bats in the four games, including a three-hit game on both Saturday and Sunday. He also scored three runs and two runs batted in.
This performance was another step toward reclaiming his everyday role in the lineup. After starting the first half of the 2012 season on a tear, Davis cooled off dramatically and eventually was out of the lineup by the end of the season.
Davis — also a right-handed pitcher for the Beavers — has struggled on the mound early in 2013, and could potentially move into a more permanent role as a position player after his hot start at the plate. Davis struggled in his only start at pitcher, allowing two earned runs in only one inning of action.
Davis started at rightfield in all four games in the series against San Diego State. On the season, he’s now leading the team with a .440 batting average. The Beavers are yet to have a player hit a home run in eight games, but Davis has been the biggest source of power for this team. His two doubles and two triples give him a team-leading .680 slugging percentage.
In 42 games last season, Davis hit .247 with three home runs and 30 RBIs.