SEC Baseball Players Of The Week
May 5, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Casey Turgeon • Florida
Junior • 2B • Palm Harbor, Fla.
• Keyed Florida’s first three-game sweep of Western Division co-leader Alabama in Tuscaloosa since 1988...The leadoff hitter helped extend the Gators’ SEC winning streak to school-record-tying 11 games, last done in 1968...Batted .727 (8-for-11) in the series, with .909 slugging percentage and an .800 on-base percentage..Had multiple hits in all three contests and scored in every game.
• Opened the weekend by going 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a run and a sacrifice bunt as the Gators won, 7-3...Was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI double in the fifth inning and drew a pair of walks as Florida clinched the series on Saturday, 4-3...Added two more hits in the series finale, contributed a sacrifice bunt and scored a run...Had a perfect fielding percentage and was part of all four Gator double plays.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ryan Lawlor • Georgia
Soph • LHP • Savannah, Ga.
•Weekly totals: 1G/1GS, 1-0, 9.0 IP, 3 H, 1R/1ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
•Defeated No. 7 South Carolina Friday 3-1 with his 3rd Complete Game of the Year as Bulldogs snapped eight-game losing streak.
•Faced just 29 batters (two over the minimum) in going the distance including tossing 7 scoreless innings until a leadoff HR in the 8th.
•Only 1 batter reached second base during the contest as Bulldogs took the opening game and eventually clinched their first series over a top 10 team since 2011.
•With 3 Complete Games in his last 4 starts, he has more Complete Games than 10 other SEC teams this year.
Ross Mitchell • Mississippi State
Jr. • LHP • Smyrna, Tenn.
•Mitchell threw the only complete-game shutout on the road in SEC play this year and just the fourth one all season in league games only.
•The gem was his first career complete-game shutout and MSU’s first on the road overall in nearly a decade (2005).
•The complete-game shutout was MSU’s first overall and in the SEC since Kendall Graveman did so vs. Florida on April 6, 2013.
•The victory gave MSU its first series win at Auburn in a decade and made it the first time since 1997 MSU won three of its first four SEC road series.
•Held Auburn to 2-for-10 with runners on base, 3-for-11 with two outs and leadoff hitters to a 1-for-9 clip.
•The leading workhorse in the SEC, Mitchell leads the SEC with 89.1 innings pitched despite not being a starter until March 15, 2014.
•In SEC games only, Mitchell is tied for second with five wins and ranks in the top 10 in opponent batting average.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Nick Banks • Texas A&M
OF • Tomball, Texas
• The Aggie freshman logged three multi-hit games for the week, batting .533 (8-for-15) with two doubles, three runs and three RBI. He capped off the week by going 5-for-7 with two doubles, one run and one RBI in A&M’s two wins over No. 5 LSU on Saturday and Sunday.
• He added two walks on the week for a .588 on-base percentage. Banks opened the week by going 3-for-4 with one run and two RBI in a midweek affair against Texas State. On the year, Banks leads the team with a .374 batting average in SEC games