Auburn freshman Alyssa Rivera has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week, announced Tuesday morning.
Rivera began her mid-season scorch in the series sweep at Georgia and continued her dominance in Auburn’s series win over the weekend against Ole Miss. Rivera started all three games of the Ole Miss series for the first time in her budding career, finishing 5 for 10 at the plate with a trio of RBIs.
In the Tigers game one and game three victories, Rivera tallied the go-ahead and game winning scores. In Friday’s 3-1 win, she knocked in a two-run single in the fourth, which proved to be the difference in the contest. In Sunday’s 3-1 win, her one-run single in the bottom of the first inning drove in the game-winner.
With a .407 batting average in 2017, 14 RBIs and two home runs, Rivera has earned the starting spot by way of a five-game hitting streak since her game two start at Georgia. Auburn slaughtered UGA in that outing, 13-4.
In Tuesday’s National Fastpitch Top 25 poll, the Tigers dropped from No. 5 to No. 7. Rivera and Auburn will take on Georgia State this Wednesday at Jane B. Moore Field, with the first pitch set for 6 p.m. CST on the SEC Network+. Following the midweek non-conference contest, Auburn will battle Missouri in a three-game series this weekend in Auburn.