Tide's Rutledge Gets SEC Frosh Honor

University of Alabama freshman shortstop Josh Rutledge was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after sterling performance for the Crimson Tide last week against arch-rival Auburn, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.

Rutledge had a monster week at the plate for Alabama as he hit .524 (11 for 21) with one double, one triple, four RBI and seven runs scored. He compiled a .600 on-base mark and a .667 slugging percentage in five games last week. He also posted three multi-hit games over that span.

"Josh is a special player," Alabama head coach Jim Wells said. "He's had a solid year for us, and to do that as a freshman makes it even more incredible. He has a bright future ahead of him."

In a three-game series with arch-rival Auburn, Rutledge hit .727 (8 for 11) with four runs scored and reached base via one double, one triple, two runs batted in, two walks and one hit by pitch. He tallied an on-base percentage of .800 and posted a slugging percentage of 1.000 while leading Alabama to its seventh straight home series win. He was 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the series opener with the Tigers, including a triple and run scored in first inning. He went 1-for-2 with one run scored, one walk and one hit by pitch in game two of the series. The Cullman, Ala., native capped the weekend with a 4-for-5 performance on Sunday with one run scored and two RBI. It was Rutledge's third four-hit game of the season, tying Brandon May for the most on the team.

Overall, Rutledge is hitting .396 (76 for 192) this season in 44 games with 22 RBI and 44 runs scored. He leads the SEC with 76 hits and 192 at-bats this season. Rutledge also ranks third in hitting (.396), fourth in plate appearances (217), fifth in runs scored (46) and 10th in stolen bases (11). He is currently riding a 22-game hitting streak, the sixth longest in Tide annals. During the streak, he is batting .457 (43 for 93) with six extra-base hits, 17 runs scored and 23 RBI.

In SEC play, Rutledge is hitting a league-leading .444 (40 for 90) with nine RBI and 19 runs scored. He leads the SEC in hitting (.444) and total hits (40) through 21 conference games and ranks fourth in at-bats (90), fifth in plate appearances (102), fifth in on-base percentage (.500) and eighth in runs scored (19). He has hit safely in 20 of 21 SEC games this season, including the current 18-game conference hitting streak. During the streak, he is batting .487 (37 for 76) with five extra-base hits, eight RBI and 17 runs scored. Rutledge has 12 multi-hit games in SEC play.

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