His incredible week at plate continues to be rewarded, as third baseman Alex Binelas was named National Player of the Week by Perfect Game. This marks the second week in a row that a Louisville Cardinal has been named National Player of the Week, as both Perfect Game and NCBWA gave Logan Wyatt those honors last week.
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 today at Jim Patterson Stadium against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00pm.