SEWARD, Neb. – Sophomore left fielder Tayler Dudley has emerged as one of the biggest stories of the early season for the Concordia University baseball team. On Tuesday the native of Longmont, Colo., garnered GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Baseball Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. Dudley is the Bulldogs’ first conference weekly honoree since Camaren Gause (April 2, 2013) last season.
Dudley scorched the ball in Concordia’s six-game winning streak to close last week’s action in Tucson, Ariz. The lefty went 12-for-19 (three doubles) with nine RBIs and seven runs. He had at least one hit and at least one run in all six games. Dudley’s four hits in the 16-3 win over Dickinson State University (N.D.) on March 15 were a career high.
On the season, Dudley leads the team in batting average and owns a slash line of .392/.475/.490 (BA/OBP/SLG) in 19 games (15 starts). He has 14 RBIs, 12 runs and four stolen bases. Dudley is in his first season as a starter after primarily serving as a pinch runner in 2013.
Dudley and the Bulldogs are scheduled to return to action on Saturday with a home doubleheader that marks the beginning of a four-game series with Dakota State University. Twin bills begin on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.