Josh Pearson named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week

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By Bill Franques

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU outfielder Josh Pearson was named Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Week Monday by the league office after leading the Tigers to a three-game sweep at Mississippi State over the weekend.

Pearson shared the honor with pitcher Blake Purnell of Florida.

Pearson, a true freshman from West Monroe, La., batted .455 (5-for-11) in the series with two homers, six RBI and two runs scored. He hit two homers and collected five RBI in Sunday’s 13-3 victory, which gave LSU its first SEC road sweep since May 2017, also at Mississippi State.

Pearson’s three-run homer in the fifth inning highlighted a five-run outburst that broke a 1-1 tie and propelled LSU to the victory. Hia sacrifice fly scored LSU’s first run of the game in Friday’s win over the Bulldogs

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Pearson, who also doubled in LSU’s Tuesday night win over Grambling, batted .462 (6-for-13) over the course of the four-game week. He raised his cumulative average for the season to .333 with two doubles, two homers, nine RBI and five runs scored.