VU's Westlake named SEC Player of the Week

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 3:39pm
Staff reports

Ten was not a perfect number for Aaron Westlake, but it was better than most.

Vanderbilt’s freshman designated hitter had 10 hits in five games last week, including seven in a weekend series at Georgia, and was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Westlake batted .588 for the week (10-for-17) with two home runs, five RBIs and seven runs scored. He was 7-for-11 (.688) as the Commodores won two of three from Georgia and put themselves in position to claim the final spot for the conference tournament.

Additionally, he took the conference lead in batting average at .395, just ahead of Georgia’s Rich Pythress, who entered the weekend hitting better than .400.

It was the second weekly award for Westlake, who was named Freshman of the Week for Week 2.

He leads VU in hits (75), is second in RBIs (44) and third in home runs (six).

The Commodores begin the final series of the regular season in possession of eighth place in the overall conference standings.

They need two wins, two Kentucky losses or one of each to secure a berth in the tournament. Seven teams already have clinched berths.

Alabama’s Austin Hyatt was named Pitcher of the Week, and Kentucky’s Andy Burns was named Freshman of the Week.