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Week 5: Baseball Players of the Week

428 days ago
SEC Staff
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Player of the Week
Antoine Duplantis, LSU

  • LSU's Antoine Duplantis enjoyed a remarkable week, batting .425 (10-for-23) in five games with two doubles, one homer, 14 RBI, seven runs and a .536 on-base percentage.
  • In LSU's three-game SEC series sweep of Georgia, Duplantis batted .615 (8-for-13) with one double, one homer, 10 RBI, six runs and a .688 on-base percentage.
  • He set the LSU single-game record for hits on Friday night versus UGA when he went 6-for-6 at the plate with one double and a career-high seven RBI.

Pitcher of the Week
Sean Hjelle, Kentucky

  • Kentucky's Sean Hjelle pitched a nine-inning, complete game shutout on Friday night at Texas A&M in just his fifth career start. It is the only time an SEC pitcher has shut out Texas A&M in College Station since the Aggies joined the conference.
  • The performance pushed UK to its first win in a SEC road opener since 2007 and set the tone for the Cats' first true road series sweep since 2008.
  • Hjelle scattered four hits and struck out a career-high nine with only one walk.

Co-Freshman of the Week
Will Holland, Auburn

  • Auburn's Will Holland started four games on the week at second base and batted .400 (6-for-15) and helped the Tigers sweep fifth-ranked Florida to open SEC play.
  • Holland homered, tripled and scored three times with four RBI on the week and was perfect in the field in all four games with 13 assists and part of six double plays.
  • He hit a key 2-run homer in the Friday win over Florida and his bunt in ninth inning Sunday set the stage for walk-off win.

Co-Freshman of the Week
T.J. Sikkema, Missouri

  • Missouri's T.J. Sikkema made two appearances on the weekend at Alabama, earning saves in the Friday and Sunday contests, pitching 5.1 innings while striking out an incredible 10 batters without a run.
  • On Friday, he pitched the final 2.0 innings and helped Mizzou earn its first SEC shutout in two years. He followed that by pitching the final 3.1 innings in Sunday's contest, settling down what had been a wild game before he came in.
  • Sikkema owns a personal 27.0 shutout inning streak with 46 strikeouts and just 13 hits allowed in that span. He is tied for the SEC lead in strikeouts (46) while ranking second in ERA.