PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor Black • Kentucky
Senior • SS • Easley, S.C.
• Senior shortstop Taylor Black exploded offensively during UK’s five-game week, batting .529 (9-for-17) with a staggering nine RBI … Black scored nine runs, with three doubles and one homer, drawing five walks and getting plunked by two pitches without striking out … The native of Easley, S.C., added a stolen base and reached base at a .667 clip and slugged .882 at the plate
• Black is off to a dynamic start in 2011, totaling a .345 (10-for-29) average with 10 runs, three doubles and a triple through seven games … During UK’s five-game week, Black totaled 11 assists and nine putouts.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Derek Varnadore • Auburn
Junior • RHP • Athens, Ga.
• Threw a complete game, two-hit shutout on Sunday against Radford to clinch the series for Auburn...Struck out 13 hitters in the game, the most by an Auburn pitcher since 1999.
• Struck out the leadoff hitter in seven of nine innings...Did not allow a runner to reach third as he surrendered just two hits and two walks.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
JaCoby Jones • LSU
2B • Richton, Miss.
• Freshman JaCoby Jones was sensational at the plate last week, batting a blistering .636 (7-for-11) with one double, one homer, six RBI, five runs and two steals … He also recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 16 chances … Jones led the Tigers to a three-game weekend sweep over Holy Cross by hitting .750 (6-for-8) with one double, one homer, four RBI, four runs and two steals.
• He recorded four hits in the Game 1 victory over the Crusaders, becoming the first LSU freshman to collect four hits in a game since catcher Micah Gibbs accomplished the feat versus New Orleans on May 13, 2008 … Jones is hitting a team-best .571 (12-for-21) on the year with one double, two homers, nine RBI, eight runs and three stolen bases.