GREENVILLE, S.C. — Furman outfielder Jabari Richards has been named a Collegiate Baseball (CB) National Player of the Week, it has been announced today.
He was among six position players named by CB, which recognizes 10 national standouts each week.
Richards went 10-for-16 (.625), belted three home runs, including a grand slam, cracked two doubles and a triple, drove in 11 runs, and scored seven runs in helping the Paladins go 5-0 last week.
He belted a pair of home runs in Tuesday’s 14-5 win over Winthrop in Rock Hill and followed that up on Wednsday by going 4-for-4 and hitting for the cycle in Furman’s 18-3 road victory over Gardner-Webb. The Fayetteville, Ga., product doubled in his first at bat, tripled the second time up, hammered a grand slam in the seventh, and completed the baseball rarity with a single in the ninth to become the first Paladin to hit for the cycle since Case Cassedy accomplished the feat against Appalachian State in 2006.
Richards contributed an RBI in Furman’s game-tying, three-run eighth inning rally against The Citadel on Friday, setting the stage for the Paladins’ walk-off home run in the ninth, a 5-4 victory.
The Paladin senior exited Saturday’s 20-6 victory in the fifth inning due to injury and did not play in Sunday’s 7-2 triumph that completed Furman’s series sweep of the Bulldogs.
He posted a 1.438 slugging percentage for the week.
Sidelined for seven games (Feb. 24-Mar. 5) due to wrist injury and limited as a late game defensive substitute in four contests (Mar. 9-13) before returning to full duty, the preseason All-SoCon selection tops the Paladins in batting (.431), slugging percentage (.863), and on base percentage (.474). His three-home run week pushed his career tally to 26, moving him into eighth place in Furman history.
The Paladins return to action on Tuesday, playing host to Winthrop in a 6:00 p.m. constest at Latham Stadium.