April 11, 2001
Norman, Okla. - After being named the Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week, senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs was selected as the National Baseball Player of the Week as voted on by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Also earning this same honor today were pitchers Kirk Saarloos of Cal State Fulllerton, Brian Wolotka of Valparaiso and Toledo's Phil Pilewski.
Last week, Dobbs batted .625 and belted four home runs in as many games. Dobbs, who is batting .418 on the season with six home runs and 39 RBIs, posted three multi-hit and four multi-RBI performances over the four-game stretch, including just missing hitting for the cycle by one hit twice. The senior ended the week scoring eight runs and driving in 11 more while leading the Sooners to a perfect 4-0 week, including a three-game sweep of the Missouri Tigers on the road.
"Greg is a very valuable member of this team and very deserving of this award," said OU Head Coach Larry Cochell. "I'm happy for him and for his teammates because it's a genuine reflection of our program. Greg's performance last week has been consistent throughout the season."
Dobbs' numbers for the week finished off with 10 hits in 16 at bats, including three doubles, a triple and four home runs (one in each game). He also registered a 1.688 slugging percentage and a .714 on base percentage.
The tri-captain began the week with a 3-for-5 effort against TCU on Tuesday in which he fell a single short of hitting for the cycle. Dobbs also tied season highs in runs scored and RBIs in the contest with three and four, respectively.
In Dobbs' second attempt at hitting for the cycle on Saturday at Missouri, the Moreno Valley, Calif., native went 4-for-4 at the plate while again matching a season-best three runs scored and adding two RBIs. Dobbs fell a triple short of accomplishing the rare feat in the 13-9 Sooner win.
Dobbs is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak, which matches a career-best set twice before, including once this season. He ranks second in the Big 12 in batting average and hits (64) and is third in total bases (96).