MITCHELL, S.D. – Junior Tim Cusick has been clutch for the Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team all season.
The transfer from City College of San Francisco has come up big from the cleanup spot in many of his at-bats for the Tigers so far this season, and last week was no exception. Cusick – DWU’s first baseman – went 10-for-19 with three home runs and sent in 12 runs to help Dakota Wesleyan go 4-2 on the week, including a win against Mayville State University, which is receiving votes in the NAIA.
For his big week, Cusick has been named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Week, it was announced Tuesday morning by the league. This is the first honor for Cusick, and the first for a Dakota Wesleyan baseball player this season and just the second weekly winner for the Tigers in the last two seasons. Pitcher Ethan Opsahl won the weekly pitcher’s award once last year.
Cusick started the week with a 3-for-4 performance that included a three-run homer, a triple and a single in DWU’s win against Mayville on April 3. He had five RBIs. He went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and another three-run home run in DWU’s 13-9 win against Nebraska Wesleyan on April 6, and ended the week with a 3-for-3 with two RBI performance against Concordia on April 7.
Cusick is currently third on the team with a .368 batting average, he is second with 42 hits and eight doubles and leads the team with 50 RBIs, eight triples and eight home runs. He also has a team-high .571 on-base percentage. Cusick leads the NAIA in total triples and RBIs, is second in total bases per game (2.7) and fourth in slugging percentage (.789). He is also ninth in total homers. He is fifth in the league in batting average, second in slugging percentage and first in RBIs, triples and home runs.