Kentucky senior catcher/first baseman Troy Squires was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after a career week that culminated in a series win over No. 3 Texas Tech, it was announced on Monday.
Squires hit .571 with six runs scored, 11 RBI, five doubles and two home runs with a 1.095 slugging percentage for the week. He set a career-high for hits (four) and RBI (four) in a win over Eastern Kentucky and then tied both of those marks in Saturday’s comeback win over the Red Raiders where he went 4-for-5 with a three-run home run that gave the Cats a 5-4 lead.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder also was tremendous defensively. On Friday night he threw out a Texas Tech runner attempting to steal third in a tie game with two on and only out to short-circuit a Tech rally as the Cats rallied for a 10-7 victory in the series opener.
The Elizabethtown, Ky. native has had a sensational start to the season, hitting .373 with 22 RBI and 10 extra-base hits with more walks (10) than strikeouts (nine) and eight hit by pitch. His two-run, two-out, two-strike single in the bottom of the ninth tied the game and set up a walk-off win over Western Kentucky on Feb. 27. He also was inducted into UK’s prestigious Frank A. Ham Society of Character for student-athletes.
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