March 18, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, ALA. – Alabama freshman center fielder Georgie Salem (Birmingham, Ala.) was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Salem posted a .364 average for the week, which included a .462 (6-for-13) performance in the SEC three-game series against Tennessee.
Salem had hits in all five games last week, which included two multiple hit games and his fourth three-hit game of the season. He finished the week with a team-high seven RBI from the leadoff spot in the order, which included a career-high four RBI in Alabama’s 15-1 victory over the Tennessee on March 17.
After going 1-for-4 in both games against Memphis, Salem collected six of his eight hits on the weekend versus Tennessee. He was 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the opener against the Vols, was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in game two, then exploded with a 3-for-5, four-RBI game on Sunday. The four RBIs marked the most by an Alabama player in a single game this season.
For the season, Salem is third on the team with a .293 batting average, three doubles and 13 RBI. He is second the squad with 12 walks and six stolen bases, while starting all 20 games in center field and as the team’s leadoff hitter.
Salem is the second player from the Alabama squad to earn SEC Player of the Week honors this season. Shortstop Mike White was named the SEC Freshman of the Week back on Feb. 18.
Mason Katz of LSU was named the SEC Player of the Week and Keaton Steele of Missouri was selected as the conference pitcher of the week.
Alabama returns to the diamond on Tuesday night when it travels to Samford for a 6 p.m., game from Joe Lee Griffin Field.
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