The Southeastern Conference announced its first baseball players of the week of the 2014 season, recognizing outstanding performances on the diamond from opening weekend.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Will Allen • Ole Miss
Senior • C • Gainesville, Fla.
• Allen led the Rebels to a sweep of Stetson on the road in the opening weekend of play ... The senior posted a pair of multiple-hit and multiple-RBI games on the weekend ... Tallied 10 RBI on 11 at bats on the weekend ... Opened the weekend with an RBI single in the series-opening win over the Hatters ... Delivered a five-RBI game in the series clinching win over Stetson, going 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and a two-RBI hit to pace the Rebel offense.
• Followed that up with a 3-for-4 performance and four RBI outing in the third game to help clinch the sweep ... Allen delivered an RBI single, a sacrifice fly and a two-run home run in the series finale.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Wil Crowe • South Carolina
Freshman • RHP • Sevierville, Tenn.
• Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe had an impressive debut as he hurled 6.1 hitless innings in his first career start... Crowe walked just one and hit one batter while finishing with five strikeouts to earn his first career win in a Gamecock uniform.
•Bucknell had just one runner reach second base and none reach third base while Crowe was on the mound... Crowe retired 13 consecutive batters in a row before coming out of the game as he reached his pitch count total.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Bryan Reynolds • Vanderbilt
OF • Brentwood, Tenn.
• Began his college career playing in all three games, two starts, at Long Beach State and going 6-for-10 with two doubles, one run scored and four RBI to lead the team in hits and RBI for the weekend...Capped off a big weekend on Sunday by going 3-for-4 with three RBI to help Vandy clinch the series sweep.
• Doubled in a run in his first at-bat then followed up with a RBI-single in his second at-bat and doubled in another run with his second double of the day in his third at-bat... Made the defensive play of the day as well on Sunday with a diving catch in left field that saved at least one run in the sixth inning.