It is that time of year again, it is time for SEC Baseball. Let’s talk about the stars of the week in the Southeastern Conference.
The SEC, home to the final two teams in Omaha last season, is already rocking and rolling in the 2018 season. Power is coming from all over the conference and it is already hard to narrow the field down to three or four players. Each week, Armchair will name a position player, pitcher and freshman of the week. With that, let’s get to it.
Freshman of the Week: Zach DeLoach, Texas A&M
This one is truly hard to argue. Through the first weekend series and the first set of midweek contests, Texas A&M’s Zach DeLoach has been white hot. On Tuesday against SFA, the kid hit for the cycle. Over opening weekend before that, DeLoach notched seven total hits, including the first walk off of the 2018 season. Of course, the numbers cannot stay this high all season long. However, as it stands right now DeLoach is absolutely crushing the ball and has earned this honor by far.
Pitcher of the Week: Ryan Rolison, Ole Miss
Ryan Rolison started the season strong, although it wasn’t the longest outing of a starting pitcher over the weekend. He finished the night with 5 IP, 1 H, 12 K, 2 BB, 81 pitches, 55 strikes. It was the most strike outs in an opening night since 2008 for the Ole Miss Rebels. He caught 10 batters swinging and two looking, only allowing one hit. While five innings isn’t the absolute best outing ever, 12 strike outs is quite the opposite.
Player of the Week: Carson Shady, Arkansas
Over opening weekend, Shady totaled an SEC leading nine RBIs, including two home runs, as well as four walks. He batted a total of .571 for the weekend and as a result earned SEC Player of the Week from the conference itself as well as SEC Infielder of the Week from us here at Armchair. The Razorbacks had quite the offensive output this past weekend and look to continue that as the 2018 season progresses. They were chosen to finish at the top of the SEC West and second basemen Carson Shaddy showed exactly why.