April 20, 2009
After a strong week in which he helped power the Volunteers to a series win over top-ranked LSU, Tennessee sophomore P.J. Polk was named the Southeastern Conference Baseball Player of the Week Monday. It is the first such honor for the Murfreesboro, Tenn., native.
During the weekend series against the Tigers, Polk led the Vols with a .455 batting average (5-for-11), five hits, two doubles, one home run, three RBIs, 10 total bases, a .909 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. His two-run home run on Sunday helped the Vols earn a 9-4 series-clinching victory.
The sophomore finished week 8-for-16 (.500) with three doubles and six RBIs, a 1.063 slugging percentage and .529 on-base percentage to help the Vols go 4-1. He also scored six runs in five games. Polk hit a pinch-hit home run against Belmont on Tuesday night; a three-run shot that was his second of the year.
He is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 12-for-21 (.571).
Polk has started 24 games for Tennessee this season, with 18 starts coming in left field. He is the first Vol to earn an SEC weekly honor this season.