Feb. 20, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Following a monster opening weekend, Tennessee junior Drew Steckenrider has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Steckenrider put his enormous talent on display both offensively and on the mound in UT's sweep over Northern Illinois this weekend.
Hitting out of the cleanup spot, the 6-5 switch-hitting junior reached base 11 times in 14 plate appearances, going 5-for-8 (.625) with a pair of doubles and his second career home run, in addition to walking four times, being hit by a pitch twice, stealing the first base of his career, scoring a team-high five runs and driving in two more.
The Lawrenceville, Ga., native also served as the team's Opening Day starter, picking up the win after allowing just two hits and no runs and striking out two in his pre-determined four innings of work.
Steckenrider becomes the first UT player to earn a weekly conference honor since Matt Duffy picked up player of the week accolades after hitting for the cycle against Alabama A&M on March 14, 2011.
The Vols will return to the diamond on Tuesday when they host Western Kentucky at 3 p.m.