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