SEC Player of the Week Honors for Matthes

BIRIMINGHAM, Alabama -- University of Alabama sophomore right fielder Kent Matthes (Orlando, Fla.) was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

Matthes hit .412 (7-for-17) and cracked four home runs and 10 RBI in four games last week for the Crimson Tide. He wrapped up the week with a 1.275 slugging percentage, a .412 on-base mark and scored six runs. He also added three highlight-reel catches in right field.

"Matthes is playing well right now," Alabama head coach Jim Wells said. "He has shown the ability to hit the long ball and he has made some nice plays on defense. He is the guy we need to hit in the middle of the line up for this team to be successful."

In a 12-inning loss to Troy on Feb. 14, Matthes hit an inside-the-park home run and turned in a pair of spectacular catches in right field, including robbing Trojans catcher Beau Brooks of a two-run home run in the eighth inning with a leaping catch over the wall in right field.

He went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Bama's 18-2 win over Canisius in the series opener on Feb. 16. Matthes had four hits and seven RBI in the final two games of the series, with three home runs. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, triple, home run and three RBI in Bama's 7-1 win on Feb. 17.

Matthes capped off the week with his first career two home run game on Feb. 18. He slammed a two-run home run in the third inning and added another two-run home run in the fifth as UA built an 8-0 lead.

In seven games this season, Matthes is batting .414 (12-for-29) with four home runs and 14 RBI. He is the only UA player with at least one hit in all seven games this season.

It marks the second straight week the SEC Office has recognized a Crimson Tide player with one of its weekly awards. Senior left-hander Brandon Belcher was the SEC Pitcher of the Week last week.

Alabama will be back in action this weekend as the Crimson Tide opens a three-game series with Villanova (2-1) on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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