SEC Baseball Weekly Honors – March 1, 2021
Co-Player of the Week: Wes Clarke, South Carolina
South Carolina’s Wes Clarke belted five home runs in three games last week, driving in eight while having a 1.833 slugging percentage and a .688 on-base percentage. The junior went 3-for-3 with three home runs, four runs scored, three RBI and two walks in the 12-4 win over Winthrop on Tuesday night. Clarke drove in a run and walked in a 3-2 win over in-state rival Clemson on Saturday. He then got back on the home run train on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, four RBI and a walk in the 8-7 walk-off win against the Tigers.
Co-Player of the Week: Dominic Keegan, Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt’s Dominic Keegan registered four doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored last week. He posted multi-hit efforts in four of the five contests on the week, while notching at least one hit in all five. Keegan went a perfect 3-for-3 in Wednesday’s midweek win over Western Kentucky with a team-high three RBI, then launched his second home run of the week in Saturday’s win over Georgia State with a two-run shot. Keegan had eight RBI across Vanderbilt’s Sunday doubleheader against the Panthers, including a career-high six RBI in the second game of the twinbill.
Pitcher of the Week: Trace Bright, Auburn
Auburn’s Trace Bright notched a pair of wins on the mound for the Tigers last week. Bright first earned the win and struck out a season and career high seven batters in his first start of the season Tuesday vs. Alabama A&M. Then on Sunday he held a Texas A&M team that scored 20 runs on 21 hits in its previous two games scoreless in a career best 6.0 innings to pick up his second win of the week. Bright faced just one batter over the minimum in his first four innings and allowed just three hits against the Aggies.
Freshman of the Week: Will Sanders, South Carolina
South Carolina’s Will Sanders had a hand in all three wins for the Gamecocks last week, including earning two victories against Clemson. The freshman started the Winthrop game, going 2.2 innings with six strikeouts, allowing just two hits with no runs and no walks. He then picked up the win against Clemson on Saturday. Sanders came in the 11th inning with runners on first and second with no outs and induced a double play and groundout to end the Clemson threat. Carolina then went on to win in the bottom of the 11th. On Sunday vs. Clemson, Sanders again came in with runners on first and second with one out in the ninth and got a fly out and groundout to end the Clemson threat. He picked up the win after Carolina walked it off in the ninth.