Illinois State junior shortstop Owen Miller has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
Miller went 10-of-14 for the week at the plate, including a five-hit effort in the weekend finale in which he hit for the cycle. He had three RBI's during the week, and scored four runs.
In the series opener he went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. On Saturday he had a 3-for-5 outing with a run scored and an RBI. He also swept his only base of the week in the middle game of the series. He had a spectacular ending to the week by going 5-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored and driving in one run. He opened the game with a single in the first inning and followed with a solo home run in the second inning. He singled again in the fourth inning, before hitting a triple off of the top of the center field wall in the sixth inning. In his final at-bat of the game, he doubled down the right field line to close out the cycle.
He has nine multi-hit games in his last 11 contests, and he saw his batting average rise from .374 entering the week to its current standing of .397. His five hits in the finale are tied for the 12th-most hits in a game in the NCAA this season.
He is second in the MVC and 16th in the country in batting average (.397). He also ranks second in the country in hits per game (1.77), behind only Ryan Ward of Bryant University. He also stands seventh in total hits, 85th in total bases, and is the 86th most difficult player in the country to strike out.