JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 31, 2014) – Senior Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) was phenomenal both on the mound and at the plate this past week, and the Buccaneer two-way player was rewarded for his exceptional efforts by being named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball magazine on Monday. Freeman was also tabbed Atlantic Sun Player of the Week.
Freeman, who put up ‘video game’ like numbers in three games this past week for the ETSU baseball team, hit .800 (8-10) with two doubles, two walks, four home runs, six runs, and nine RBI, while also totaling an astonishing 2.200 slugging and .769 on-base percentage. Along with the numbers recorded at the plate, the southpaw earned two saves as he tossed three scoreless innings in a pair of appearances on the mound.
The Jonesborough, Tenn. native hit two home runs in consecutive days as his pair of two-run blasts helped rally the Bucs to a 6-3 win over Northern Kentucky on Saturday at Thomas Stadium, while he followed that up with a solo shot and a two-run homer on Sunday, marking the fourth time in his career Freeman has belted two home runs in one game. Freeman tied a career high with a four-hit effort on Sunday as he went a perfect 4-for-4 with four runs and four RBI.
Freeman helped secure a 6-3 win in the series opener on Friday night, as the left-hander tossed the final two innings to earn the save, while pitching the final inning of Saturday’s win for his 16th career save.
After hitting .800 on the weekend, Freeman is now batting .400 (42-105) with 11 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 31 RBI on the season. Meanwhile, Freeman also extended his streak of playing in 142 consecutive games which is the 14th longest active streak among NCAA players.
This marks the second time Freeman has received Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors and it’s also the second A-Sun Player of the Week award for the history major.
Freeman and the Bucs embark on a five-game road swing beginning Tuesday night when ETSU takes on No. 25 Tennessee at 6 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
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