LEXINGTON, Ky. – After belting five homers and driving in 11 runs in a three-game span, Kentucky junior A.J. Reed has been named one of four Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week, it was announced by Collegiate Baseball on Monday afternoon.
A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Reed was named National Player of the Week by Louisville Slugger, joining VMI right-hander Reed Garrett, who threw a no-hitter Saturday, LSU righty Aaron Nola, who worked seven no-hit innings Friday, and Kansas righty Frank Duncan, who struck out 14 in 7.2 innings.
A member of the preseason USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List, Reed had a historic weekend, becoming the first player in UK history with five homers in a three-game span. Reed, who also worked seven, one-run innings for the win on Friday, hit two homers – including a grand slam – becoming the first player to hit two homers in an inning for UK since Jason Kipnis in 2007. Saturday, Reed gave UK the lead with a two-out, two-run single in the third inning at Old Dominion, before tying the game later in the seventh inning with a solo homer. In a Sunday win over St. John’s Reed belted two homers to complete his historic stretch.
In seven games to open 2014, Reed has hit .433 (13-for-30) with 10 runs, three doubles, six homers and 17 RBI. On the mound, Reed has a win over No. 1 Virginia in a 2-0 record, with a 1.50 ERA and a .205 opponent average in 12 innings. A first-team preseason All-America selection by Baseball America, Reed has hit .300 (133-for-444) in his three-year career, with 20 doubles, two triples, 23 homers and 112 RBI, while owning a 9-11 record with a 3.28 ERA on the mound in 148 innings in his career.
Reed has been named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week twice in his career, also earning the honor on March 5, 2013, after a 15-RBI week.