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Brent Rooker named 2017 National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball

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Press Release from Mississippi State Athletics

Less than 24 hours removed from being named a USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist, Brent Rooker has now been named a National Player of the Year and First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

On May 22, Brent Rooker was named the school’s first-ever Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, in addition to First Team All-SEC accolades.

Rooker’s season has been one of the best in Mississippi State baseball history. The Germantown, Tennessee native has slugged 21 home runs and a program-record 29 doubles in addition to driving in 76 runs so far on the year. He also currently owns a .404 batting average and his 90 hits is the most by a Bulldog since Adam Frazier tallied an NCAA-best and school-record 107 hits in 2013.

In addition to being named a Golden Spikes Semifinalist and Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist, Rooker was awarded the C Spire Ferriss Trophy as the best player in the state of Mississippi.

Rooker and the rest of the Diamond Dawgs will be back in action in the Hattiesburg Regional in the NCAA Tournament this weekend. MSU will take on third-seeded South Alabama in the opening round of the tournament on Friday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN3.

For more information on the Diamond Dawg program, follow the program on Twitter, like them on Facebookand join them on Instagram by searching for “HailStateBB.” You can also find all-access coverage of the program on SnapChat by searching for “HailStateSnap.”

Brent Rooker 2017 Honors:

- SEC Player of the Year

- Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year

- Collegiate Baseball First Team All-American

- First Team All-SEC

- Ferriss Trophy Winner (Best amateur baseball player in the state of Mississippi)

- Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist

- Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist

- SEC Player of the Week - Feb. 27, April 3 & April 10

- NCBWA National Hitter of the Week - Feb. 28 & April 11

- NCBWA Player of the Month (March)

- National Player of the Week - Feb. 27 & April 10 (Collegiate Baseball)

- Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week - April 11

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