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Vicksburg native Shane Lewis named as the National Player of the Week



Shane Lewis: Photo from Troy Athletics

Story from Troy Athletics:
TROY, Ala. – Helping lead Troy to a 4-0-week, Shane Lewis was named one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the week for his performance at the plate, the prominent publication announced Monday. The Troy left fielder is the third Trojan in the last four seasons and the 13th ever to be recognized.

“We are happy for Shane to be recognized as a national player of the week,” head coach Skylar Meade said. “He has been keeping his process very simple, and we know if he continues to maintain the same focus, success will follow.”

The Vicksburg, Miss. native had an offensive explosion to lead the Trojans to a midweek win over UAB, a sweep of USC-Upstate, and their 11th straight win to open the season. Lewis hit a team-high .615, going 8-13 at the plate with 14 RBIs, four home runs, and five runs scored.

In game two against the Spartans, Lewis had an eight RBI game with two home runs which was the first time a Trojan had recorded eight RBIs in a single game since 2006. Lewis leads the nation in runs batted in per game (2.36), recording at least one RBI in all but three games this season.

Lewis had a slugging percentage of 1.538 and is only one of two players in the Sun Belt to have a slugging percentage above 1.000 this season. In addition, the redshirt sophomore now leads the conference in RBIs (26) and is second in home runs (8). Lewis’s eight home runs on the season already match the Trojans’ total for most hit by a player last season.

Lewis and the rest of the Trojans return to action Tuesday at Riddle-Pace Field for a 6 p.m. matchup against FGCU.

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