Dubler Earns Valley Player of the Week Honors
March 3, 2008
ST. LOUIS - Illinois State baseball player Kevin Dubler enjoyed a big weekend at the plate, and after leading the Redbirds to wins in two of three games, the junior was named the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday. Dubler, who was also named to the Austin Peay Invitational All-Tournament Team, finished the weekend with a .571 batting average and collected eight hits, four doubles, two home runs and seven RBI.
Dubler earned player of the week accolades for the second time in his career. The left-handed hitting catcher was also named conference player of the week Feb. 19, 2007.
The Downers Grove, Ill., native tallied 18 total bases to go along with a 1.286 slugging percentage in three starts behind the plate. Dubler had his most impressive offensive performance Saturday against Valparaiso, as he had a career-high four hits, including one double and one two-run home run. He recorded four RBI, one shy of tying his career-high.
Dubler was joined on the APSU Invitational All-Tournament Team by teammates Mike Stalowy, sophomore Ryan Copeland and freshman Kevin Tokarski. The Redbirds outscored their opponents, 27-17, during the three-day tournament, and tied Indiana for the most members on the all-tournament team.
Head coach Jim Brownlee believes that the 6-foot, 200-pound catcher will continue to lead the Redbirds, in the batter's box and behind the plate.
"Kevin has come out of the gates on fire, which bodes well because it will carry on for the rest of the season," said Brownlee. "He's made really good adjustments at the plate, and looks stronger. He will be capable of hitting some home runs this season. He was a doubles machine last year, and he has really brought it every time he has come to the ballpark this year. He has also done a good job of calling a game, which has kind of gone unnoticed. Our pitching staff has reaped the benefits of him calling the game, and he has called the off-speed pitches at the right time. He had a big weekend; I think he was the best overall player in the tournament."
Dubler and the Redbirds will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla., to take on Bethune-Cookman, Friday-Sunday, at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.