Evan White Named SEC Player of the Week, Again
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After hitting .500 during a series win over No. 1 Florida, Kentucky sophomore first baseman Evan White has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
A native of Gahanna, Ohio, White was 7-for-14 during the series win over the Gators, with a double, homer and two RBI, scoring four runs, drawing a walk and stealing a base. He reached base safely in eight of 15 trips to the plate in the series.
During a four-game, three-win week, White hit .421 with five runs and two steals. He opened the series vs. Florida on Friday with a two-hit game, before posting a 3-for-3 game in a series-evening win on Saturday vs. UF. White opened the scoring with his second homer of the year – sailed over the fence vs. UF’s A.J. Puk – in the first inning. He sparked a three-run inning with an 11-pitch leadoff walk vs. Puk, adding just the fourth steal allowed by Florida standout catcher Mike Rivera. In the rubber match on Sunday, White extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a hit in the 10th inning vs. Florida, loading the bases and setting up the walk-off wild pitch.
On the year, White is hitting .386 (39-for-101) with 26 runs, six doubles, one triple, two homers and 25 RBI, stealing 8-of-8 bases. In SEC play, White is hitting .414 with five RBI through two weekends.
White has been named SEC Player of the Week twice in 2016, including on March 7 after a 9-for-12 weekend sweep of Buffalo.
No. 12 Kentucky (17-6, 4-2 SEC) will return to action on Tuesday, welcoming Northern Kentucky for a 6:30 p.m. ET first pitch at Cliff Hagan Stadium.