Josh Smith named SEC Player of the Week

Josh Smith

By Bill Franques

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU junior shortstop Josh Smith was named SEC Baseball Player of the Week Monday by the league office. The recognition marked LSU’s second consecutive SEC Player of the Week honor, as third baseman Chris Reid won the award last week.

Smith, product of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, led LSU to a series victory last weekend over ninth-ranked Texas A&M, batting .500 (6-for-12) in three games with one double, two homers, three RBI and four runs scored.

With the score tied 1-1 in the eighth inning of Game 1 Friday night, Smith launched a solo homer that proved to be the game-winning blow in LSU’s 2-1 victory. He added a two-run blast in the eighth inning of Game 3 on Saturday night to cap the series victory for the Tigers.

For the entire five-game week, Smith helped lead LSU to four wins, batting .471 (8-for-17) with one double, three homers, six RBI and five runs scored.

Smith is LSU’s leading hitter this season, batting .359 (42-for-117) on the year with eight doubles, five homers, 19 RBI and 38 runs scored.

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