April 29, 2013
The Southeastern Conference has named Tony Kemp the Player of the Week.
Kemp had an outstanding week leading the Commodores to wins over two ranked opponents in No. 12 Louisville and No. 16 Mississippi State. The junior went 9-for-14 (.643) with three multi-hit games and seven runs scored over the four games. Kemp singled three times and scored three runs with two steals in Tuesday's Battle of the Barrel victory at Louisville. On Saturday, the Franklin, Tenn. native posted his second four-hit game of the year and tripled for the 20th time in his career to leave him one shy of the SEC record. Kemp wrapped up the week with two more hits on Sunday as the Dores finished off the team's seventh sweep of the season.
Kemp joins pitchers Kevin Ziomek and Tyler Beede as Commodores to be recognized by the league this season. The last Commodore to earn Player of the Week accolades was Anthony Gomez last May. The Player of the Week award is the first of Kemp's career.
Vanderbilt was tabbed the top team in two polls this week, hauling in the No. 1 spot in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and Collegiate Baseball poll. It marks the first time the Dores have held the top spot in any of the five polls since Week 12 of the 2011 season when Vandy was No. 1 in the NCBWA poll.
The Commodores travel to No. 15 South Carolina this weekend. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m. CT on FSN.