STARKVILLE (HailState.com) – After yet another dominating week on the diamond, this time against the nation’s No. 1 team, Mississippi State’s Jake Mangum has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week.
Mangum earned his first-career honor after hitting .556 this past week to lead MSU to a dominating midweek victory against UT Martin and a series win at No. 1 Florida. After the weekend, Mangum continues to lead the SEC in batting average with a .437 clip and stands second in on-base percentage with a .500 average.
The Pearl, Miss., native is second in the SEC with a .429 batting average in SEC-only games.
The Bulldog center fielder turned in a career night against the Skyhawks, leading MSU to a 14-0 victory in a midweek showdown. Mangum went 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs (tied career high). His four hits also set a new career high.
Mangum showed out yet again in SEC play, this time helping lead the Bulldogs to a series victory in Gainesville against the No. 1 Gators, their first at Florida since 2007. The freshman put together a .429 clip for the weekend, second best on the team, and tied for the lead with 6 hits. Mangum went 3-for-5 in both of the first two games, including an RBI triple in Saturday’s 10-4 victory in front of the largest single-game crowd in Florida history.
The RBI capped off a five-run inning by the Bulldogs that gave them a 9-0 lead against the nation’s top squad.
After the weekend, Mangum has now reached base safely in a career-high 10-straight games, breaking his previous streak of seven straight.
The honor is the fourth weekly award for a Bulldog this season, as Mangum joins Brent Rooker (Player of the Week, March 14) and Dakota Hudson (Pitcher of the Week, March 21 & April 4) to be honored by the conference.
Mangum and the Bulldogs return to action at the friendly confines of Dudy Noble Field with a midweek contest against the Memphis Tigers, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, April 13. MSU will then remain home to host Texas A&M for Super Bulldog Weekend, April 15-17.
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