AU's Mummey SEC 'Player of the Week'

Trent Mummey (Courtesy: Auburn Athletics)
Trent Mummey (Courtesy: Auburn Athletics)

AUBURN, Ala. – Trent Mummey has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after a week in which he hit .500 with three home runs, six RBI and six runs scored as Auburn went 3-1 with a series win at No. 7 Arkansas over the weekend. The win vaulted Auburn (30-15, 12-9 SEC) into third place in the SEC West, two games behind co-leaders Arkansas and Ole Miss (14-7 each) with three weeks left in the regular season.

Mummey, who missed the first 28 games of the season with an injury, has been on a tear since returning to the lineup. In four games last week he had seven hits, drew two walks and was hit by a pitch for a .588 on base percentage and a 1.143 slugging percentage. He also hit a pair of sac flies and was a perfect 3-for-3 in steals while in the field he made perhaps the defensive play of the weekend on Sunday when he made a diving catch to end the fourth inning with runners on first and second and Auburn holding a tenuous 3-0 lead.

"As a defender you look for those plays, those are big plays in the game and it kind of picks up the whole team," Mummey said after Sunday's game of his diving catch. "I like being a play-maker. I saw there were two strikes and I was shaded just a little to the off side and he got it off the end of the bat. I knew if I didn't get to it it was probably going to be one or two runs. I just want to do my best for the team and fortunately I was able to come up with the catch."

In 17 games since returning to the lineup, Mummey is hitting .388 with three doubles, nine home runs, 25 RBI and 22 runs scored, drawing eight walks and getting hit by a pitch twice for a .462 on base percentage and a .836 slugging percentage, helping Auburn to a 12-5 record and series wins over then-No. 3 LSU, Kentucky and Arkansas.

With its series win, Auburn returned to three of the national Top 25 polls as Baseball America ranked the team 19th, put Auburn at No. 20 and Collegiate Baseball ranked it 24th.

Auburn returns to the diamond at 6:30pm CT on Friday when it plays host to Mississippi State in the first of a three-game series. Game times for the other games are 3pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.