Maryville College's Alden Wright earns USA South Player of the Week honors this week, after the sophomore hit .692 in four wins.
Wright had nine hits in 13 at bats to lead the Scots to Cody Church's 100th career victory on Saturday and a sweep of USA South foe Berea College.
"He had a great week," Head Coach Cody Church said. "He's a scary hitter. When he's locked in, he's a really good player. He's only a sophomore, too, so that's a young guy that's having a really good campaign right now. Alden is such a strong kid. The ball really jumps off his bat. When he can barrel it, he can really do some damage in a hurry."
On the week, Wright three runs, three RBI, three walks and a stolen base. His .692 batting average complimented his .765 on base percentage, while he held a .846 slugging percentage.
In a 4-1 win over Berry College – a team receiving votes in the national polls – Wright went a perfect 4-for-4 with a pair of runs and a triple. The designated hitter also tallied a stolen base, while slugging at a 1.500 clip for the contest.
In an 8-4 game one win over Berea College, the Clayton, Ga. native was 2-for-5 with an RBI. He came back in a 4-3 game two win for a 1-for-1 effort with a run scored, as he drew a trio of walks in the contest.
Finally, in the 11-1 win to earn the sweep, Wright went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
On the season, this sophomore standout has a .366 batting average. He has 34 hits to go with 16 runs scored, while he batted in an additional 13 scores. Wright has six doubles, a triple and two homers on the year, while slugging at a .516 clip.
"He's really important to what our offense does," Church said. "He was an important piece last year, but unfortunately, he just wasn't healthy last year. He had torn about every ligament in his knee during his senior year in high school, and he didn't get to play his senior season. Last year, he got thrown in the fire. He hadn't played baseball in a long time. He's still kind of limping through things. To have him feeling more like the Alden we recruited, this year, I know from his standpoint, it gives him a lot of confidence. We're really excited for him."
Maryville College will look next to a key three-game series against Piedmont College. The two teams – ranked second and third within the conference standings – will play on Friday and Saturday, April 6-7.