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UK’s Tristan Pompey, Katie Reed receive SEC Freshman of the Week honors


After collecting five hits, three homers and six RBI in his first two collegiate games, Kentucky left fielder Tristan Pompey was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday by the league office.

A 6-foot-4, 205-pound switch-hitting outfielder from Toronto, Pompey belted a trio of homers – including bombs from each side of the plate. He became the first UK player with homers from both sides since Ryan Wilkes in 2008. In a Sunday win, Pompey finished a single shy of the cycle with two homers, a double, triple and four RBI, scoring three runs.

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Pompey, a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, leads the SEC with his three homers and 1.700 slugging percentage. Along with JaVon Shelby on Sunday, Pompey is the first player with two homers in a game since AJ Reed in 2014. He also went back-to-back with senior Dorian Hairston, the first since Reed in 2014.

The Wildcats moved up to No. 22, from No. 25, in the weekly Baseball America rankings after a pair of wins on opening weekend.

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For the first time in her career, Katie Reed was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week on Monday.

In the Campbell-Cartier Classic in San Diego, last weekend, the second baseman hit .524 with 11 hits in 21 at-bats, six runs scored, a team-leading six RBI and also hit her first three career home runs.

The first long ball came off her bat against San Diego State in the top of the first inning to give Kentucky a 2-0 lead – a lead the Wildcats would not relinquish. Later in the game, she gave UK an insurance run with a solo shot to left before belting a homer to left again against South Dakota to close out the weekend.

Her three home runs lead the team.

Overall on the season, Reed is batting at a .500 clip, which is second on the team behind Sylver Samuel (.536). Reed Had 17 hits, 12 runs scored, three doubles, the aforementioned three homers, two stolen bases and three walks.

From UK Athletics


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