Stuart McNair

Chandler Taylor named SEC Baseball Player of Week after leading Alabama to sweep of Auburn

Chandler Taylor had three home runs in sweep of Auburn

This has not been a season for Alabama baseball to be winning individual honors, but after the Crimson Tide’s three-game sweep of Auburn in Auburn this past weekend, even the Tigers probably would have voted an award for Bama outfielder Chandler Taylor.
In any event, Taylor was selected as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for his performance in Alabama’s first series win in SEC play this season.
The award marks the first in-season conference honor for the Crimson Tide in 2017 and the second weekly league honor Taylor has received during his two-year career at The University.
Taylor powered an Alabama offense that helped the Crimson Tide complete the three-game sweep of fourth-ranked Auburn on the Plains this past weekend. The sophomore finished at a .500 (7-14) clip that included two doubles, three home runs, three RBI, five runs scored, and three walks to lead the Alabama offense in every statistical category. He finished with a team-high 1.286 slugging percentage for the three-game series, tallying five extra-base hits, and totaled 16 bases by the end of Sunday’s 15-inning marathon finale.
In game one of the weekend, Taylor finished with a season-high tying three hits as part of his 3-for-4 night that included two home runs to mark the second time this season he has homered twice in the same game. He then capitalized on his effort in the opener with a 4-for-6 night on Sunday, collecting his team-leading 15th home run of the season and adding two doubles, an RBI, and a career-high tying three runs scored.
The award was Taylor’s second SEC weekly honor of his career, as he was named SEC Freshman of the Week last season on March 21. He closed out that freshman campaign with a selection to the 2016 Freshman All-SEC Team.
For the season, Taylor is batting .280 with eight doubles, a triple, and a team-leading 15 home runs. He has also contributed 102 total bases and 35 runs scored to lead UA, while totaling 31 RBI to match the team-high mark. He is slugging .607 on the year, tops among Alabama’s hitters.

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