By Adam Brown
Two national accolades rolled in Monday for Ole Miss junior Thomas Dillard after his performance at the plate this past weekend against Tulane. Dillard was tabbed as SEC Player of the Week and National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.
The Oxford native’s bat is still on fire for the 2019 campaign, posting a .412 clip and 1.118 slugging percentage. Dillard hit for the cycle over the week with seven hits, including a double, a triple and three home runs. He scored four runs and drove in 13, amassing 19 total bases along the way.
The Rebel slugger has been off to as hot of a start as anyone in college baseball. His four home runs are good for first in the SEC and seventh in the nation thus far. He is averaging 2.5 RBIs per game, which ranks second in the conference and fourth nationally. Dillard also leads the conference in slugging percentage (1.217) and total bases (28), where he ranks fourth and seventh in the nation, respectively.
Dillard went 1-for-4 with a key RBI single late in Ole Miss’ 6-4 win in game one at Tulane. In game two, he posted the best game of his Rebel career, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He closed his weekend with another 1-for-4 performance, helping the Rebels climb back from a 3-0 deficit to win 6-3 and clinch the series victory on the road.