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SEC baseball players of the week

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SEC Staff
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SEC Baseball Players of the Week (March 2, 2015)

Co-Player of the Week: Anfernee Grier, Auburn

· As the leadoff batter, Grier helped Auburn to a 3-1 record this past week, including wins against No. 27 Georgia Tech and No. 10 Oklahoma State.

· Has hits in all 12 games in 2015 and a hitting streak of 14 games, a career-best.

· Battled .500 with nine hits in 18 at-bats, including going 5-for-8 against Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State.

· Scored six runs and drove in three. Also was a perfect 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.

· Is hitting .489 on the season with eight doubles and five RBI.

Co-Player of the Week: Zander Wiel, Vanderbilt

· Belted two grand slams during the week, launching a grand slam in Vanderbilt's comeback win vs. Western Kentucky on Wednesday and another slam on Sunday in the Commodores' comeback victory against Illinois State on Sunday.

· Matched a career-best with five RBI in Wednesday's win against Western Kentucky with a grand slam and a sacrifice fly.

· His grand slam on Sunday vs. Illinois State sparked a rally to erase a 10-run deficit in a 16-10 comeback win to finish the sweep of the Redbirds.

· Knocked in two runs on Friday night in a win against Illinois State, scoring two runs.

Co-Pitcher of the Week: Vance Tatum, Mississippi State

· Going up against a team that entered the weekend third in home runs and 16th in slugging percentage nationally, Tatum shut down Samford with 12 strikeouts, the most by an SEC pitcher this season.

· The sophomore southpaw went a career-long 8.2 innings on a career-high 96 pitches, giving up one hit and one run through the first eight innings and finishing with two runs and two hits allowed overall.

· Tatum held Samford to a .077 batting average, lowering his season total to an SEC-low .085 batting average.

· Tatum is the first Mississippi State starter since All-American Jacob Lindgren in March 2013 to strike out 12 or more batters in a single game.

· For the season, Tatum leads the SEC in strikeouts (25), opponent batting average (.085) and is tied for first in fewest hits allowed (5).

Co-Pitcher of the Week: Kyle Cody, Kentucky

· Had the best start of his career on Saturday in a win against the University of Nebraska at Omaha, working seven no-hit innings and allowing just one walk before hitting his pre-determined pitch count.

· Cody finished his outing retiring 15 consecutive hitters. He allowed just a walk to lead off the third inning, before beginning a string of domination for the final five innings.

· Cody was bidding for the first no-hitter in UK history since 1974.

· In 14 innings over his first three starts in 2015, Cody has allowed only 10 hits and three walks, striking out 18.

Freshman of the Week: JJ Schwarz, Florida

· Turned in a .462 (6-for-13) average during Florida's 4-0 week.

· Went 4-for-9 (.444) with two doubles, one run and an RBI as the Gators took all three games from Stony Brook.

· Was 2-for-3 in the finale to extend his hitting streak to six games.

· Doubled on Saturday and also scored a run.

· Drove in the lone run of the game in the series opener with the Seawolves with a sixth-inning double that brought in Harrison Bader.

· Tallied three RBI and was 2-for-4 in the mid-week triumph over Florida Atlantic.