May 18, 2009
After a strong week in which he helped the Volunteers to a series sweep of Vanderbilt, Tennessee freshman Zach Osborne was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week Monday. It is the first such honor for the Louisville, Ky., native.
During the weekend series against the Commodores, Osborne was went 7-for-16 (.438) with a double and six RBIs. Six of his seven hits against Vanderbilt drove in runs (five RBI singles and an RBI double). Osborne went 7-for-8 (.875) with runners in scoring position while also going 4-for-6 (.667) with two outs in the inning.
The freshman drove in three two-out RBIs and ended weekend with a .500 slugging percentage and .438 on-base percentage. His RBI single in the top of the seventh on Sunday tied the game at 7-7 and allowed Tennessee the chance to win the game 9-7 in 10 innings.
Osborne finished the season with a team-high .325 average in SEC play. He drove in 24 runs on 37 hits including four doubles and triple and four home runs. He also boasted a .967 fielding percentage in 30 conference games.
Osborne appeared in 55 games for Tennessee this season, with 54 starts all coming at shortstop. He is the second Vol to earn an SEC weekly honor this season.