UK Infielder Riley Mahan Named Co-SEC Player of the Week
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Riley Mahan (pictured) is the Southeastern Conference co-Player of the Week after a blistering week at the plate against Top 10 opponents, it was announced Monday, April 24 by the league office. It is Mahan’s second SEC Player of the Week honor this season, also earning the honor for the week of March 6.
The junior infielder was the key cog in Kentucky’s 3-1 week against No. 2 Louisville and No. 8 LSU, batting .688 (11-for-16) and reaching base in 14 of his 19 plate appearances. The Cincinnati, Ohio native had a .737 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage for the week with four runs scored, six RBI, two doubles, a home run, a hit by pitch and a pair of intentional walks.
In the series win over LSU, Mahan was 9-of-12, including the opener when he ripped a career-high five hits (5-for-5) with two doubles, a run and three RBI. He capped his big weekend with a home run on Sunday and a highlight reel double play turn at second base.
Mahan is now hitting .335 on the season in 41 games with 35 runs scored, 17 doubles, two triples, seven homers, 41 RBI and six steals. He ranks among the SEC leaders in doubles (2nd), total bases (4th), slugging percentage (4th), RBI (6th) and hits (10th).
In addition to Mahan’s two Player of the Week awards, UK pitchers Sean Hjelle and Logan Salow took home SEC Pitcher of the Week in back to back weeks in March.
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