Offseason work pays off for GRU's Boose

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Feb. 24, 2014 AUGUSTA, Ga-- Last week, Jaguars baseball player Hunter Boose had himself quite a showing at the plate. So good, in fact, he was named National Hitter of the Week for Division II.

The sophomore from Greenbrier is clearly making a difference for the Jags offense, but there's more to be done.

The third baseman put in the work, made some changes in the off season. The extra time in the cage has paid off in the early portion of the 2014 season. Just a tremendous stat line from last week: a .750 batting average, seven RBI and two homers.

Boose credits the past work for his current success.

"Last year, I had a bunch of strikeouts and not many walks. I just figured if I could cut those strikeouts in half and put the ball in play more that it would pay off and it seems to have done that." Boose said.

"His conference numbers were significantly different than his overall numbers. That was the challenge to him going into the season. Do it on the weekends, do it in the Peach Belt." GRU coach Jason Eller said.

Boose was humbly proud of his recent accomplishment, but acknowledged the team goals.

It's an honor, but it doesn't matter if the team doesn't win," Boose said.