Verdon joins Chad Bible as only MW players to have won MW Player of the Week twice in 2018
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May 8, 2018 (San Diego) - A day after earning Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, junior first baseman Jordan Verdon was named Mountain West Player of the Week after hitting three home runs and driving in 10 runs over four games last week. Verdon joins SDSU junior designated hitter Chad Bible as the only players in the Mountain West to have won Player of the Week twice this season.
The Granite Hills HS product became the second Aztec this season to homer in three consecutive games, joining Bible, after hitting his ninth, 10th, and 11th home runs of the season against UC Riverside and New Mexico last week. Verdon's 33 extra-base hits this year are the most by an Aztec since the start of the 2006 season and 17.4 percent of his 2018 at-bats have resulted in extra-base hits, good for the best percentage in the Mountain West.
Verdon opened his week up with three consecutive performances with at least one home run and three RBIs, including three-hit showings in SDSU's 8-6 win over UC Riverside and SDSU's 11-5 series-opening win over New Mexico on Friday.
On the year, Verdon is third in the Mountain West in RBIs (52), second in doubles (21), third in home runs (11), and fourth in batting average (.369). Verdon is the only player in the Mountain West to be in the league's top four in home runs, RBIs, and batting average.
Verdon also ranks inside the nation's top 25 in several statistical categories. Currently, Verdon stands fifth in doubles (21), 16th in total bases (125), and 25th in RBIs (52).
Verdon also made some edits to the SDSU record book this past weekend, belting his 18th career home run on Saturday, which puts him in a tie for 20th in program history with MLB and SDSU Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn. Verdon's 21st double of the season hit on Saturday is also tied for the most by an Aztec in a single season since 2002.
SDSU baseball plays its final regular-season home series of the season this weekend, hosting San Jose State for a four-game series beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m.