Continuing to be blazing hot in the second half of the season, third baseman Alex Binelas was rewarded with ACC Player of the Week honors. This marks the third week in a row that a Cardinal has been named ACC Player of the Week, and the second time in three weeks for Binelas.
The Oak Creek, WS native took advantage of the talent discrepancy between Louisville and their opponents this week. In the game vs. UC and the first 2 games vs. Alabama A&M, he went 9-13 (.643) with 13 RBI. He was an extra bases machine, registering 4 doubles, 3 triples and a home run in those same 3 games. In the series opener vs. Alabama A&M, he became the first Cardinal in 21 years to hit for the cycle (May 1, 1998: James McAuley vs. UNC-Charlotte), and he did it as a freshman.
In the immortal words of Sean Moth, Binelas has been on another planet as of late. In his last 11 games, he is batting 23-43 (.534) with 20 RBIs and 14 extra base hits. This comes after he started the season only batting .105 (2-19) and only 2 RBIs in his first 10 games. His season batting average currently sits at .358 with an astounding slugging percentage of .698 and OPS of 1.160 (both lead the team).
Alex Binelas and the rest of the Cardinal Nine are set to do battle again tomorrow at Jim Patterson Stadium against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00pm.