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Baseball's Players of the Week announced

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SEC Staff
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Player of the Week: Nathaniel Lowe, Mississippi State

**Mississippi State's Nathaniel Lowe had the first five-hit performance for a Bulldog this year after going 5-for-5 against Missouri on Thursday. He became only the second SEC player to have five hits in a conference game this season (Gene Cone, South Carolina vs. Missouri, April 24) and helped lead Mississippi State to a sweep of Missouri.

**Of his five hits on Thursday, one was a two-run homer, his fourth home run of the year. His five hits led a 19-hit performance by MSU on the night, which was the highest for State in an SEC game this season and tied for the most hits in a game this year overall.

**After picking up multiple hits in all three games this weekend, he now has 20 multi-hit games this season, the first Bulldog to do so since 2014. Lowe upped his season average to .351, moving him up to eighth in the conference, and he is now tied for sixth in the conference with 66 hits this season, which also leads MSU.

Pitcher of the Week: Kyle Simonds, Texas A&M

**Texas A&M's Kyle Simonds pitched the ninth complete-game no-hitter and sixth 9-inning complete-game no hitter in school history in the Aggies' 3-0 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. The only Vanderbilt runner reached base on an error with two outs in the first inning. He responded by retiring the next 25 batters.

**Simonds only had one 3-ball count on the afternoon, needing just 83 pitches on the day. He had five innings with less than pitches and need just nine pitches to get through the last two innings, including four in the ninth. The no-hitter came just one week after Simonds pitched his first career complete-game in a 6-2 win at Arkansas. He's the first Aggie to pitch back-to-back complete-game since Daniel Mengden in May of 2013.

**Simonds threw A&M's first no-hitter since Ross Stripling blanked San Diego State on May 12, 2012. It marked A&M's first no-hitter in a conference game since Fred Riscen held Rice without a knock in a 7-inning game on April 16, 1988.

Co-Freshman of the Week: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky

**Kentucky's Sean Hjelle pitched the last four innings of Kentucky's 12-inning 5-4 win over South Carolina on Sunday. He entered in the ninth inning with the game tied at 4-4 and held the Gamecocks scoreless until UK broke through in the bottom of the 12th.

**It was his longest outing of the year, with his previous long being one inning on multiple occasions. Hjelle did a masterful job of getting out of a jam in the 11th inning. USC opened the inning with a walk and a single, putting runners on first and third with nobody out, but Hjelle struck out three batters to end the threat.

**Hjelle improved his record to 4-0 on the season.

Co-Freshman of the Week: Brennan Breaux, LSU

**LSU outfielder Brennan Breaux batted .667 (4-for-6) in LSU's three-game sweep of Arkansas with one double, four RBI and a .714 on-base percentage.

**He entered Saturday's Game 2 in the sixth inning and responded by going 3-for-3 at the plate, including a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning that highlighted a four-run rally to send the contest into extra innings before LSU won in 10 innings, 5-4.

**Breaux started in left field on Sunday and responded by delivering a two-out, two-run single that scored two runs in the second inning and proved to be the game-winning hit in the Tigers ' 7-1 victory.