PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mike Zunino • Florida
Sophomore • C • Cape Coral, Fla.
• Batted .615 (8-for-13) over four games last week, including .636 (7-for-11) in the series win over Kentucky as the Gators earned a share of the SEC title..Florida became the first SEC team to repeat as the league champion since LSU in 1996-97 and joined the Gator squads in 1981-82 as the only back-to-back winners in school history...His efforts also paved the way for UF’s third-straight Eastern Division crown...Zunino went 3-for-4, cranked a pair of homers and drove in five runs to lead UF to a 9-6 win in the series opener on Thursday.
• Belted a game-tying solo shot in the third inning and connected on a three-run blast with two down in the sixth to move the Gators in front, 7-5...It was his second-consecutive league outing with two dingers after going deep twice at Vanderbilt last Sunday to take the series.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Nathan Kilcrease • Alabama
Sophomore • RHP • Phenix City, Ala.
• Kilcrease threw a complete game, allowing just one unearned run, to the No. 2 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday night … the 5-foot, six-inch right hander gave up just five hits (one extra base hit) to a team that averaged 10 hits per game entering the series … Kilcrease, who used 113 pitches to record his sixth win of the season, pitched out of bases loaded jams in both the first and fifth innings, surrendering just one unearned run … allowed just one hit in the final four innings, retiring 12 of the 15 batters he faced.
• The win for the Crimson Tide clinched the seventh consecutive berth in the SEC Baseball Tournament.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Barrett Astin • Arkansas
RHP • Forrest City, Ark.
• Astin pitched in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader vs. Ole Miss, picking up the save in the first game and earning the win in the second game … The doubleheader sweep of the Rebels clinched the outright Western Division title … Pitched 4.1 shutout innings on Saturday, allowing just two hits and striking out three.
• Entered with two outs and two runners on in the ninth inning and induced a game-ending ground ball to earn second save of the season … In second game of the doubleheader, entered the contest with Arkansas trailing 3-0 in the third inning and held down the Ole Miss offense for four innings … Allowed only two hits in four shutout innings, striking out three to earn his fifth win of the season.