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Baseball Player of the Week honors announced

2005 days ago
SEC Staff
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Player of the Week: Gene Cone, South Carolina

**South Carolina's Gene Cone went 10-for-12 (.833) at the plate this weekend in a sweep of Missouri with six RBI and seven runs scored. Cone capped the weekend going 5-for-5, just a homer shy of the cycle and drove in three runs in the 9-2 victory over Missouri while setting a school record with a 27-game hitting streak, surpassing the previous mark of 26 set by Whit Merrifield in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

**Cone's 27-game hitting streak is the longest active streak in Division I baseball and is two shy of the longest this season by a Division I player. He was 3-for-4 with two runs scored with three RBI including a key two-out two-run double to give the Gamecocks the lead for good in Friday's 8-5 win over the Tigers. He was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the 5-1 win over Missouri.

**Cone's 10 hits were the most by a Gamecock player in Founders Park history (dating back to 2009).

Co-Pitcher of the Week: Logan Shore, Florida

**Florida's Logan Shore threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout as the Gators evened their series with Georgia on Friday night, 6-0. He established a Florida school record by claiming his 13th straight victory, breaking a mark that had stood since 1984.

**Shore faced the minimum of 27 batters and did not allow any Bulldog runners past first base. He retired the side in order in six different innings and benefitted from inning-ending double plays in both the fifth and eighth innings.

**Shore tossed the second solo shutout of his career, previously at No. 6 Miami (FL) on Feb. 26, and delivered the fourth complete game of his career. He improved his season ledger to 8-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.14 in the win, with six strikeouts and one walk.

Co-Pitcher of the Week: Dominic Taccolini, Arkansas

**Arkansas' Dominic Taccolini earned his team-leading fourth victory of the year against No. 12 Kentucky, going a career-long 10 innings and striking out a career-high 10 batters without giving up a run.

**Taccolini retired 15-straight batters during the 3rd through 7th innings, striking out five in the process. It was the longest outing by a Razorback starting pitcher since Clint Brannon threw 11 innings against Tennessee in the 2004 SEC Tournament (May 26). Brannon's outing was not a complete game, however. His performance makes him the third pitcher in the nation to throw 10 innings in a game this year and first to throw a 10-inning complete game.

**Taccolini's 10-inning outing was also the longest for any SEC pitcher so far this season. He helped Arkansas snap an eight-game SEC losing streak, a streak where Arkansas had not led at any point until the 10th inning home run by Chad Spanberger on Friday.

Freshman of the Week: James McArthur, Ole Miss

**Ole Miss' James McArthur pitched 11.2 scoreless innings in two appearances this week, allowing just six hits and striking out 11. In a midweek win over Memphis, he pitched a career-high seven scoreless innings and tied his career high in strikeouts with seven.

**McArthur made his SEC debut Sunday, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings of relief versus Auburn and keeping the Rebels in the game. Ole Miss scored six in the final two innings to win 6-5 and complete the sweep.

**McArthur is now 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his last seven outings (33.1 innings). He has allowed the third-fewest runs (14) in the SEC among qualifying pitchers.