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BYU Baseball’s Andrew Pintar wins National Player of the Week

BYU baseball made some headlines over the last week with the performance of Andrew Pintar.

Credit: Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

BYU baseball has endured a roller coaster season that currently has the Cougars at 19-24. However, they have a winning record in West Coast Conference play at 11-10.

The Cougars went 3-1 last week and have won seven of their last eight much in part to the performance of their second baseman, Andrew Pintar.

BYU faced the solid USD Toreros squad this past week and thanks to Pintar’s stellar week, the Cougars came away with the series win against USD, who is 29-10.

In the opening game of the three-game set in San Diego, Pintar launched two home runs. With the game tied at four heading into the 10th inning, Pintar came up to bat looking to give the Cougars a boost. He certainly came through as his second home run of the game gave BYU a 6-4 lead, to which they would hold and win the game in the bottom of the 10th.

Pintar followed suit in the second game of the series with his second consecutive three-hit ballgame. Overall, he collected 10 hits in the four games, one against Utah Valley ahead of the three with the Toreros. He posted a .476 batting average and a whopping 1.430 OPS in the week. Along with those two home runs, he collected a double and a triple with eight RBI and six runs scored. This not only earned him WCC Player of the Week honors, but also the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honor.

After a sluggish start to the season, BYU baseball seems to be waking up in time to compete in the WCC down the stretch.

On the season, Pintar leads the squad in batting average at, .329 and a stellar .434 on-base percentage. He is second to Cole Gambill on the team with six home runs and 25 RBI.

BYU opens up a series with Pacific (13-27) in Stockton on Thursday.