South Carolina first baseman Christian Walker was named the SEC Player of the Week after a spectacular weekend at the plate.
The sophomore from Limerick, Pa., batted .909 (10-for-11) along with a sacrifice fly RBI and four walks against Mississippi State in 16 plate appearances. He had 14 total bases for the weekend and a 1.273 slugging percentage.
The Gamecocks won the series 2-1. In the rubber game of the series Sunday, with the Gamecocks missing three primary position starters, Walker went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBIs in the 13-4 victory.
Walker's 4-for-5 day at the plate and two runs scored also helped the Gamecocks in the series opener, an 8-2 win.
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Walker raised his batting average 42 points from .329 to .371 after the weekend. Walker is tied for first in the SEC with 41 RBI, second in slugging percentage at .623 and total bases with 94, is third in batting average (.371), runs scored (41) and home runs (8). He also sits at sixth with a .449 on-base percentage.
This is the fourth straight week a Gamecock has earned a conference award. Last week Michael Roth was SEC Pitcher of the Week, two weeks ago Colby Holmes was SEC Pitcher of the Week and three weeks ago Forrest Koumas earned SEC Co-Freshman of the Week accolades.
The Gamecocks will play host to Liberty at 1 p.m. Tuesday before a three-game home SEC series against Auburn.