Hitting .500 for the week with three home runs, six RBI and six runs scored as the Auburn Tigers went 3-1, including winning a series at #7 Arkansas, Auburn center fielder Trent Mummey has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.
The wins over the Razorbacks vaulted Auburn
(30-15, 12-9 SEC) into third place in the SEC West, two games behind co-leaders Arkansas and Ole Miss (14-7 each) with three weeks left in
the regular season.
Missing the first 28 games of the season with a high ankle sprain, the junior has come back with a vengeance this season. In four games last week he had seven hits, drew two walks and was hit by a pitch for a .588 on base percentage and a 1.143 slugging percentage. He also hit a pair of sac
flies and was a perfect 3-for-3 in steals while in the field he had perhaps the defensive play of the weekend on Sunday when he made a
diving catch to end the fourth inning with runners on first and second
and Auburn holding a tenuous 3-0 lead.
“As a defender you look for those plays, those are big plays in the
game and it kind of picks up the whole team,” Mummey said after
Sunday’s game of his diving catch. “I like being a play-maker. I saw
there were two strikes and I was shaded just a little to the off side
and he got it off the end of the bat. I knew if I didn’t get to it it
was probably going to be one or two runs. I just want to do my best for
the team and fortunately I was able to come up with the catch.”
In 17 games since returning to the lineup, Mummey is hitting .388 with
three doubles, nine home runs, 25 RBI and 22 runs scored, drawing eight
walks and getting hit by a pitch twice for a .462 on base percentage and
a .836 slugging percentage, helping Auburn to a 12-5 record and series
wins over then-No. 3 LSU, Kentucky and Arkansas.
With its series win, Auburn returned to the rankings the national Top 25
polls as Baseball America ranked the team 19th and Collegiate Baseball ranked it 24th.
Auburn returns to the diamond at 6:30pm CT on Friday when it plays host
to Mississippi State in the first of a three-game series. Game times for
the other games are 3pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.
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