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SEC announces first baseball weekly honors of 2016

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SEC Baseball Weekly Honors
Player of the Week: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt

• Jeren Kendall started the season with three straight multi-hit games posting a career-high four hits in the opener followed by two three-hit games vs. San Diego.

• Posted a career-first, two-homer game on Friday with two two-run home runs to go along with a single and RBI-single for a career-high five RBI.

• Followed up Friday's game with three more hits on Saturday and two stolen bases, his two-run, two-out single in the sixth broke the game open for the Commodores.

• Finished off an amazing weekend with three more hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle, and two more stolen bases on Sunday.

• Hit his third home run of the weekend in the Dores' eight-run third inning, an opposite field shot off the scoreboard.

Pitcher of the Week: Alex Lange, LSU

• Alex Lange improved his LSU career record to 13-0 as he defeated Cincinnati on Saturday in his 2016 season debut.

• Lange worked 6.2 shutout innings, allowing just one hit with three walks and nine strikeouts in the Tigers' 4-0 win.

• Cincinnati's only hit against Lange was a single, as he limited the Bearcats to a .048 batting average in the contest and did not allow a baserunner to advance beyond second base.

• Lange retired 10 consecutive hitters beginning with the fourth inning through the first out of the seventh inning.

Co-Freshman of the Week: Tristan Pompey, Kentucky

• Tristan Pompey had a prolific NCAA debut, hitting .500 (5-for-10), including three homers in the final two games of the weekend

• Went 4-for-5 on Sunday with two homers, missing the cycle by a single, driving in four runs and scoring three times.

• While hitting right-handed on Saturday, belted a no-doubt blast over the right field fence, becoming the first player since 2010 to earn his first career hit as a home run.

• A 6-foot-4 switch hitter, he is the first player in UK history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate since Ryan Wilkes in 2008.

• Co-leads the SEC in home runs (three) and is first in slugging (1.7000).

Co-Freshman of the Week: Kevin Smith, Georgia 

• Kevin Smith had a successful collegiate debut in clinching series with Sunday win over Ga. Southern, firing 7 innings of two-hit ball.

• Was slated for midweek start but moved up to Sunday due to teammate's illness and won rubber game of series. • Allowed just one unearned run and struck out seven in 4-1 win over Eagles.

• Held Eagles to an .091 batting average.