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CJ Boyd
In an amazing ending to the season, CJ Boyd finished the season on a 19-game hitting streak, ending his year with a .363 batting average while tying the App State single-season record with 17 home runs.
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App’s Boyd Named Sun Belt Conference Baseball Player of the Week

App State outfielder CJ Boyd has been named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, after hitting four home runs over the weekend to lead the Mountaineers to a series sweep over Arkansas State.

Boyd enjoyed an exceptional series against the Red Wolves, going 7-for-14 (.500), with a double, four homers, seven RBIs, and seven runs scored. Boyd led off the first inning with a home run to right field on Friday night, and two at-bats later, blasted another solo shot to left field, for his first career multi-homer game.

Boyd hit two more home runs on Sunday as part of a four-hit ballgame, which also included an RBI double, as he finished the contest a triple shy of the cycle. Boyd has now hit seven home runs in his last eight games, while tallying 12 home runs on the season. The ECU transfer also has 13 doubles and 10 stolen bases this season, becoming the first Mountaineer since Wes Hobson (2010) to boast double-digit home runs, doubles, and stolen bases in the same season.

The Lewisville, N.C. native is now slashing .344/.385/.663/1.048 with 10 of his 12 home runs coming against Sun Belt opponents, and he is batting .377 in league play. Boyd is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak, going 25-for-53 (.472) over that stretch, raising his average by 64 points, where he now ranks 11th in the league. Boyd also ranks 10th in the Sun Belt in slugging percentage.

As a team, the Mountaineers are enjoying their best offensive season in over a decade. App State has tallied 100 doubles (most since 2013), 55 home runs (most since 2010), and 60 stolen bases (most since 2013). App State has also recorded 26 victories on the year, their highest total since 2013, while winning a program-record 15 Sun Belt contests.

The Black and Gold will close out the regular season with a three-game series at Troy, Thursday through Saturday. App State has already secured a spot in the Sun Belt Tournament, but still has an opportunity to clinch a top-six seed, which would advance them into the double-elimination portion of the bracket. After being picked 12th in the Sun Belt preseason poll, the Mountaineers have an opportunity to finish as high as third in the conference.