Nicolas Named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week 4/21/03

Vanderbilt junior first baseman Cesar Nicolas was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week announced Monday by the league office.

Nicolas was instrumental in the Commodores series win last weekend over then-No. 7 LSU at Hawkins Field. Nicolas hit a team-best .462 (6-for-13) against the Tigers, and provided the series-clinching, walk-off single Saturday in Vanderbilt’s 5-4, 10-inning victory over LSU. The series win was Vanderbilt’s second consecutive over the Tigers and first at home since 1988.

The Miami, Fla., native went 2-for-4 Sunday against LSU to extend his current hit streak to a career-high eight games. During the stretch, Nicolas has tallied five multi-hit games while batting .438 (14-for-32) with a home run, two doubles, nine RBI and five runs scored.

Nicolas leads all Commodores with a .366 average, five home runs and 23 RBI. He also leads the team with 19 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI contests this season. He has a team-best .371 average, two home runs and 13 RBI in league games.

Nicolas becomes the second Commodore to receive the weekly SEC honor. Jeremy Sowers was named the league’s pitcher of the week on April 7 after leading Vanderbilt to a series sweep of then-No. 13 Florida.

Nicolas becomes the 14th Vanderbilt position player to earn the accolade since the SEC began naming a player of the week in 1985. The last Vanderbilt position player to receive the recognition was Ulises Cabrea in 2001.

The Commodores (19-19 overall, 8-10 SEC) are tied with Tennessee for third place in the SEC Eastern Division standings. Vanderbilt is a game behind division-leading South Carolina and a half game behind second-place Florida.

Vanderbilt plays host to Austin Peay Tuesday at 7 p.m. Nationally ranked Auburn visits Hawkins Field this weekend for a three-game SEC series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. Game two is Saturday at 4 p.m. The series finale, Sunday at 1 p.m., will be televised live by Comcast Sports Southeast.


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