Illinois State outfielder Tyler McNeely was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday, after helping lead the Redbirds to a home-opening victory over SIU Edwardsville and a 2-1 series win against Austin Peay last week at Duffy Bass Field.

McNeely, a U High grad, hit .571 (8-for-14), slugged .929, had five RBI and scored four runs during the four-game stretch. The senior also had a team-best three extra-base hits, including two doubles and one home run, established a team-high .588 on-base percentage and recorded seven putouts without an error in left field.

McNeely now leads the Redbirds with a .375 overall batting average, a .750 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage. McNeely also has a team-best five home runs and 42 total bases, six doubles (tied for second-most), 21 hits (tied for second-most) and 18 RBI (second-most).

 The player of the week award is the first of McNeely’s career and the first for Illinois State this season.

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