SEC Baseball Weekly Honors - April 26, 2021
Co-Player of the Week: Jake Rucker, Tennessee
Tennessee's Jake Rucker recorded 10 hits on the week, including a home run and four doubles, to go along with a .944 slugging percentage and a .579 on-base percentage. Rucker recorded hits in all four games in the week and tied a career high with three hits in all three games against Texas A&M. In UT's series-opening win, Rucker went 3-for-4 with all three hits going for extra bases. Rucker singled three times in Game 2 of the series before another impressive performance in Sunday's rubber game. Rucker went 3-for-5 with two more doubles and set a new career high with four runs scored.
Co-Player of the Week: T.J. Collet, Kentucky
Kentucky's T.J. Collet helped lead the Wildcats to a series win over Alabama with 17 total bases in 12 at-bats, including four home runs. On Sunday, Collet had four hits in the doubleheader, both games of which were seven innings. In the series clinching win and back half of the Sunday sweep, Collett homered in three consecutive at-bats. He had a hit in each game of the series, including his first home run of the series in Game 1 on Friday.
Co-Pitcher of the Week: Kevin Kopps, Arkansas
Arkansas' Kevin Kopps helped lead the Razorbacks to a series win at No. 11 South Carolina by striking out 12 of the 15 batters he faced in the series in two relief appearances. Kopps picked up a three-inning save in the 6-1 series-opening win on Thursday, striking out six in three perfect innings. The reliver then punched out all six in his two-inning appearance in the series finale win. Kopps threw 43 of his 59 pitches during the series for strikes, generating 21 swings-and-misses while not allowing a single baserunner.
Co-Pitcher of the Week: Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt's Kumar Rocker led the Commodores to a series-opening win against No. 4 Mississippi State with a complete-game on Friday night. Rocker held the Bulldogs to just three hits on the evening, while allowing just one earned run. After allowing a run in the very first frame, he went on to retire the side in order in five of his next eight innings of work. Rocker struck out eight batters in the contest.
Newcomer of the Week: Drew Gilbert, Tennessee
Tennessee's Drew Gilbert had a hit in three of Tennessee's four games and was second on the team with six RBI last week. Gilbert tied his career-high with four hits on Sunday against the Aggies. He also scored two runs and had three RBI on the day to lead UT to an emphatic series-clinching win. Gilbert had a two-run single in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader. Gilbert also pitched two scoreless innings of relief in the Vols' midweek contest, allowing just one hit while recording two strikeouts in Tuesday's win over the Tennessee Tech.
Freshman of the Week: Tre' Morgan, LSU
LSU's Tre' Morgan helped lead the Tigers to three wins in four games last week, including an SEC series victory at ninth-ranked Ole Miss. In LSU's series win at Ole Miss, Morgan hit .571 (8-for-14) with three RBI, four runs scored, one stolen base and a .625 on-base percentage. In the Tigers' Game 1 win over Ole Miss on Thursday night, Morgan delivered a two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh inning, narrowing the Rebels' lead to 4-3. Morgan then scored when the next batter, rightfielder Dylan Crews, homered to give LSU a 5-4 lead it would not relinquish.