University of Florida infielder/designated hitter Stephen Barton was named the SEC Baseball Player of the Week, the SEC office announced Monday.
Barton, a redshirt freshman from Miami, Fla. (Miami Killian H.S.), went 6-of-10 (.600) with five runs scored, eight RBI, a triple, one homerun and a stolen base at the plate as the Gators opened the season with wins of 15-5 and 22-2 over visiting Mercer last weekend. In his collegiate debut Barton went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer in his fourth career at bat. He followed up that performance by going 4-for-5 with five RBI which included a bases clearing triple.
Barton becomes Florida's 19th SEC Player of the Week honoree and the fifth in the past two seasons.
Florida has four home games this week as they open the season with 16 straight home games. The Gators host Charleston Southern Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. and then host state rival Miami in a three-game set Feb. 14-16.
Tennessee pitcher Ben Riley was named SEC Pitcher of the Week.