ANGOLA, IND. -- Trine University baseball player Jacob Heller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Prairie Heights) has been named this week's Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association "Position Player of the Week."
Heller helped Trine begin the 2018 season with a 5-3 record after its annual Florida spring trip to Winter Haven, Fla. Heller started all eight games and batted .625 at the plate (20-of-32) with a .781 slugging percentage to go along with five doubles, scored 12 runs and drove in 10 runs.
He was also a perfect one-for-one in stolen bases. Defensively, he posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 53 putouts and four assists as the team's starting first baseman.
Heller recorded multi-hit games in all but two contests during the week including a game where he finished five-of-five against Saint Vincent (Pa.) College in which he scored a pair of runs and a RBI in addition to hitting one of his five doubles. He also recorded a four-hit game (four-of-five) in a 17-1 win against New Jersey City University that included a pair of doubles, scored two runs and had four RBI.
Against PSU-Altoona, Heller recorded four hits in five at-bats and scored five runs in a 22-6 blowout win.
The Trine baseball team is scheduled to travel to Greencastle, Ind. for a pair of non-conference games against DePauw University and Loras (Iowa) College on Saturday, Mar. 17. Trine is scheduled to take on DePauw at 11:30 a.m., followed by Loras at 3:30 p.m.