Amber Nelson earns her second Mountain West Player of the Week honors

Junior Guerrero

Amber Nelson is currently on a hitting tear. She played a huge role in the Rams weekend series victory over University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and her stellar performance earned her Mountain West Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.

The Rams were in need of a big performance due to the magnitude of the series. Both teams were chasing the top spot in the Mountain West Conference, and Amber Nelson helped the Rams keep their position in first place.

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Junior Amber Nelson rounds third base during the game against San Jose State April 22. The Rams beat the Spartans 10-3 after dropping the first two games of the series. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

She finished the weekend 6-of-9 with three doubles and three total runs scored. It’s safe to say that Nelson was doing a little bit of everything for the Rams. She posted a .667 batting average and a whopping .727 on base percentage.

Although the Rams failed to win the first game of the series to the Rebels, Nelson posted two hits that included a double, and she also came around to score.

On Saturday, Nelson picked up right where she left off, adding three more hits to her weekend total. During the third inning of this contest, Nelson suffered an apparent ankle injury while sliding home.

The opposing catcher blocked the plate, and Nelson jammed her leg. She got up and limped back to the dugout, but that didn’t stop her from securing the game for the Rams. During her next at-bat, Nelson hit the go ahead home run, and the crowd went wild.

In the final contest on Sunday, Nelson drove in the first run to set the tone of the game for the Rams. They went on to win the series and keep their spot in first atop the Mountain West. Clutch players came up big in the most crucial moments, and that’s exactly what Nelson did.

Nelson leads the team with a .421 batting average on the season, and the Rams will rely on her for the remainder of their games.

Junior Guerrero can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @juniorg45.