Justin Butler named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week
TUSCON, Ariz. – First-year catcher/outfielder Justin Butler was named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week on Monday following one of the best stretches by a first-year in program history, leading the Lehigh baseball team to a 6-0 week with victories over Fairleigh Dickinson, Saint Peter’s and St Bonaventure.
Butler belted a total of four home runs on the week, hitting .391 (9-for-23) with nine RBIs and 24 total bases. He slugged 1,043 with an on-base percentage of .423, totaling a 1,466 OPS in six contests.
He becomes the third Lehigh player in the last four seasons to earn a National Player of the Week nod by the publication, following Mason Black in 2021 and Tony Gallo in 2019.
On the season, Butler is batting .367 with 18 base hits, totaling a Patriot League-leading seven home runs with 18 RBIs. He’s slugging .898 and reaching base at a .418 clip with a team-best 1.316 OPS in just 13 games for the Mountain Hawks.
Butler and Lehigh take on Penn Wednesday at 3 pm in Philadelphia for a mid-week contest with the Quakers before beginning Patriot League play over the weekend at archrival Lafayette. The Mountain Hawks have won six consecutive games (including eight of their last nine), the program’s longest win streak since 2019.
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