Calilao is SEC Co-Freshman of Week

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Florida freshman Kendrick Calilao is congratulated by teammates Sunday after he hit his first career home run in the 4-1 win against Miami at McKethan Stadium. [Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent]

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Florida’s Kendrick Calilao is the SEC Co-Freshman of the Week, the league announced Monday.

A native of Kissimmee, Calilao led the Gators to a big series win over in-state rival Miami this past weekend with a .583 average, five extra-base hits and six RBI. He currently has a four-game hitting streak in which he’s 8-for-13 (.615) with a home run, two doubles, a triple and six RBI.

In Saturday’s 9-3 win, Calilao went 2-for-4 and picked up a RBI in three-straight at bats as the Gators rallied from a 3-0 deficit. In the 4-1 victory on Sunday, he celebrated his 19th birthday going 3-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBI to help Florida clinch the series.

On the year, Calilao leads the team through eight games in batting average (.435), hits (10, tied with Brady McConnell), RBI (6), total bases (17), walks (7), slugging percentage (.739) and on-base percentage (.563).

Florida returns to action Tuesday with a contest at Jacksonville (6 p.m. start). On Wednesday, the Gators host UCF at 6 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.

With its 2-3 week, the Gators (5-3) dropped two spots in the latest D1Baseball rankings:

Rank Team Overall Record Record Last Week Previous Rank
1 Vanderbilt 5-1 3-0 1
2 LSU 7-0 4-0 2
3 Texas Tech 5-1 3-0 3
4 UCLA 6-1 3-1 4
5 North Carolina 7-0 4-0 6
6 Oregon State 8-0 5-0 7
7 Florida 5-3 2-3 5
8 Louisville 5-2 4-0 8
9 Georgia 6-0 3-0 9
10 Ole Miss 4-2 3-1 10
11 Stanford 6-1 3-1 12
12 Mississippi State 6-1 3-1 14
13 Florida State 7-0 3-0 13
14 East Carolina 5-2 2-2 11
15 Baylor 7-0 3-0 15
16 Arkansas 5-1 2-1 16
17 Michigan 6-0 3-0 17
18 TCU 5-2 3-1 18
19 Oklahoma State 5-2 3-1 19
20 Coastal Carolina 7-1 4-1 21
21 Auburn 6-2 4-1 22
22 Texas 6-2 4-1 23
23 Clemson 6-1 4-0 24
24 Cal State Fullerton 4-2 2-1 25
25 Illinois 6-0 3-0 NR
Dropped Out
Wake Forest 3-4 1-3 20

1 COMMENT

  1. What a great start for Kendrick. You can’t much better than that in baseball. Not mentioned in the article is the other “co” dude: Co-Freshman of the Week: JT Ginn, Mississippi State – Mississippi State’s JT Ginn earned his second-straight victory with seven shutout innings vs. No. 21 Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon. The right-hander allowed just two hits and walked one batter, while striking out a career-high nine batters. I think I’d rather have had Calilao’s weekend.