Following a pair of non-conference wins and a series win over No. 12 Kentucky, a pair of Tigers were tabbed with SEC honors, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Maddie Penta was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the third time this season, while Maddison Koepke was named the SEC Newcomer of the Week and is the first Auburn player to earn the award.
Hailing from Chesapeake City, Maryland, Penta has set the program record for most Freshman of the Week honors in a season. It comes after she earned two wins this past week, including her first in conference play.
Penta shut the door on Alabama State on April 13, pitching six innings while only allowing two hits in the outing. Four days later, against Kentucky, on April 17, the freshman turned in her best outing in conference play this season.
Her complete-game performance against the Wildcats secured a second-straight series win for the Tigers and extended their winning streak to five. She allowed four hits, and two earned runs in the 5-2 win over No. 12 Kentucky.
It’s the first home series win over a ranked opponent since 2018 for Auburn.
Meanwhile, Koepke became the first Tiger to win Newcomer of the Week, an award created this season and is only won by sophomores. She earned the start at third base for all five games last week, posting a perfect fielding percentage with four putouts and three assists.
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At the plate, Koepke batted .500 and knocked in a pair of RBI, one of which was off her first career double.
Auburn’s next game will be on Wednesday, an afternoon road contest against Chattanooga. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m. CST.
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