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After reaching base in 15 of 18 plate appearances during opening weekend, Kentucky junior second baseman J.T. Riddle has been named Southeastern Conference Co-Players of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday Morning.
Riddle went 11-for-14 during the three-game weekend, including a 9-for-9 stretch. During a Sunday win vs. Niagara, Riddle became the first player in modern-era program history (2002-present) to go 6-for-6, finishing just a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. All told, Riddle had three doubles, one triple, one homer and six RBI. He collected 19 total bases with a 1.357 slugging mark and a .824 on-base percentage.
In the season opener vs. UNC Asheville, Riddle ripped doubles off the left and rightfield walls during a 3-for-5 game. In a comeback win at USC Upstate on Sunday, Riddle went 2-for-3, getting hit by two pitches and drawing a run-scoring walk. His no-doubt homer in the top of the eighth inning, with the Wildcats trailing by four runs, ignited a game-winning comeback against a USC Upstate team that set a school-record for wins in 2012.
During his three-year career, the dynamic infielder has played in 116 games with 109 starts, batting .300 (121-for-403) with 75 runs, 24 doubles, two triples, nine homers and 69 RBI. Riddle owns a .437 slugging and a .370 on-base percentage in his career, swiping 10-of-12 bags and fielding .973.