Drumheller ties national record, earns national award

Drumheller ties national record, earns national award
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SPECIAL REPORT TO BLOWING ROCK NEWS. By Bret Stelow. March 12, 2019. BOONE, NC — Appalachian State freshman Luke Drumheller’s five-double game Sunday has been named the national Performance of the Week by the Golden Spikes Award, D1Baseball and USA Baseball.

That NCAA Division I-record-tying effort was part of a five-game stretch in which Drumheller hit .545, and he was also named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week by the league Tuesday.

In extending his hitting streak to 12 games by going 12-for-22 at the plate with six RBIs, six runs and six doubles during a 3-2 stretch for the Mountaineers, Drumheller set school and Sun Belt records with his five doubles in App State’s 14-0 victory against Furman on Sunday in Greenville, S.C.
 
Drumheller became the seventh Division I player with five doubles in a game and the first since Western Carolina’s Aaron Attaway in 2012. The other players on the list are Baylor’s Jeremy Dodson (1998), Iona’s Dean DeGaetano (1992), Villanova’s Mike Wismer (1989), Louisville’s Bill Gray (1986) and Maine’s Tom Vanidestine (1981).
 
After being retired in the first inning, Drumheller hit a third-inning double and pushed App State ahead 5-0 with a three-run double in the fourth. He also doubled in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings.
 
By going 2-for-5 later Sunday in a 9-6 win against Michigan State, he went 7-for-11 on the day and was a combined 9-for-15 with six doubles, eight RBIs and five runs scored in App State’s three wins away from home. That included a 2-for-4 effort with three RBIs in a victory at FAU.
 
A second baseman from Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C., Drumheller ranks 14th nationally with a .462 batting average entering a Tuesday game at Wake Forest.
 
The other three candidates for national Performance of the Week were San Jose State pitcher Andrew Mitchel (18 strikeouts and one run allowed on four hits in a complete game win), Cal Baptist’s Ryan Mota (three homers, seven RBIs and four runs in a 4-for-4 game) and Bradley’s Luke Shadid (hit for the cycle in a 5-for-6 game with three runs and two RBIs).

Drumheller received 34 percent of the vote, followed by Mitchel at 29 percent.

The Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week is Troy’s Levi Thomas, who struck out 11 batters and allowed one hit in 7.1 scoreless innings against North Alabama.

Thank you to all the App State fans and supporters who voted for Drumheller.

App State Baseball would also like to thank AutoStar Nissan of Boone for serving as the presenting sponsor of the 2019 season.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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