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Fueled by a seven-game hitting, junior left fielder Devin Foyle has turned in one of the hottest starts to the 2018 season in the Big 12 Conference.
The switch hitter has paced the Jayhawks to the highest batting average in the league as he boasts a conference-leading .577 (15-for-26) average in the seven-game span. More impressively, his slugging percentage is off the charts with a .923 mark – second only to WVU’s Kevin Brophy (1.000).
“I am really seeing the ball well,” Foyle said following Monday’s win over Omaha. “I am really comfortable at the plate and relaxed. I try to keep the same approach each at bat, and it is really working out well.”
That approach has allowed Foyle to reach base in 18 of his 29 plate appearances for a .621 on-base percentage. If that’s not enough, Foyle has recorded five doubles in the last three games, including two each in the final two contests against Northwestern (Feb. 25-26).
“Foyle has been really special so far,” head coach Ritch Price said. “He struggled a bit last year, but is off to a great start. If we can keep his bat going in the middle of our lineup, we are going to be tough offensively.”
Foyle’s seven-game hitting streak to start the season is the longest for a player in the Price era since Jacob Boylan rattled off a hit in each of his first eight games of 2013. However, the longest streak in Price’s tenure came in 2003 when Matt Tribble hit safely in 20 games of the season.