LAFAYETTE — Junior outfielder Kyle Clement was named one of Louisville Slugger’s national players of the week after demolishing opposing pitching during a five-win week for Louisiana-Lafayette.
Clement last week went 10-for-21 with three home runs, three doubles and nine RBIs. His most important hit might have been the quietest — an infield single that drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Cajuns’ series-clinching victory against UT-Arlington on Saturday.
As hot as Clement was last week, this is simply the continuation of a couple of scorching weeks at the plate. In his past 11 games, Clement is batting .447 with six home runs, six doubles and 15 RBIs. In that stretch, he became the first Cajun to hit for the cycle in a quarter century during a 4-for-5 performance against Jackson State on April 11.
The Louisiana Sports Writers Association also honored Clement as its hitter of the week. Cajuns freshman left-hander Gunner Leger was named the LSWA’s pitcher of the week after striking out six in seven scoreless innings against UT-Arlington last Friday.
Clement wasn’t the only Sun Belt Conference player to be recognized for the national award. Kevin Hill set the tone for South Alabama’s sweep against SBC-leading Georgia State by striking out 15 in a complete game one-hitter for the Jaguars. Hill carried a no-hitter into the ninth.