Sophomore Gray Stafford was named Conference USA Hitter of the Week for his dominance in the batter’s box during a three-game series at Memphis, announced by league officials.
Stafford produced a series to remember, where the third baseman finished 7-for-15 (.538), including three homers, nine RBI and seven runs scored, as the Thundering Herd captured two-of-three against the Tigers. Stafford not only reached base at a .538 clip, but produced an impressive 1.385 slugging percentage as five of his seven hits went for extra bases (three homers, two doubles) en route to accumulating 18 total bases in the series.
In a 20-4 Marshall victory in the first game of doubleheader with the Tigers, Stafford posted a career day, going 4-for-5, scoring four runs and knocking in six, all career-highs. Of his four hits, two were homers and another was a double. His second round-tripper was a grand slam as Stafford became just the second player in 2011 for Marshall to produce a multi-homer game. The two-homer effort and grand slam also marked firsts in Stafford’s career at Marshall.
The offensive onslaught by Stafford raised his season batting average 35 points and he now has five homers, while improving his RBI tally from six to 15 thanks to the memorable weekend in Memphis.
This is the first C-USA Hitter of the Week honor for Stafford and marks the first of the year for the Marshall baseball team.