Erica Harper is making a strong case for several post season honors - among those is the probable front runner for Jayhawk Conference Division I Player of the Year. If earning Player of the Week is any indication she is in the lead for Player of the Year honors.
Harper earned her second straight conference Player of the Week honor and third in the eight weeks it has been awarded. This past week the Topeka Seaman sophomore hit .621 with five home runs and 18 RBI. The Cougar right fielder was 18-for-29 during the week and over the past two weeks is an amazing 25-for-38 for a .658 average.
She is also making a case for All-American honors on the national scene. She is second nationally in home runs with 16 - just one off the NJCAA lead. Her 67 RBI are third - just four off the national leader. Both those numbers lead Region VI by a large amount. She leads teammate Kylie Everill by six homers and 19 RBI both second best in the region. Harper is hitting .448 on the season - third best in the region.
She earned national Player of the Week earlier this year as well.
Harper and her Barton teammates have broken 20-game losing streaks to Seward County and Butler during the season and currently sit third in the West behind those teams. The Cougars have been one of the best long-ball hitting teams in the nation this season. Barton has 51 home runs - fifth most in the country.
The Cougars will travel to Dodge City Wednesday and Butler Friday in key conference doubleheaders.