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Laurent Honored as Big South Player of the Week and ESPN The Magazine/ CoSIDA Academic All-District III Member
Liberty senior outfielder Phillip Laurent has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week for games played May 9-14, while the outfielder has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District III second team.
Laurent (Cantrall, Ill.) batted .615 in three games last week (8-13), belting three doubles, two home runs and knocking in eight runs in Liberty's three-game series at UNC Asheville. He doubled in each game and homered in the first two contests. He went 3-for-4 with two RBI in game one, and added a 4-for-5, five-RBI performance in the Flames' 20-3 win Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader. Laurent's eight hits pushed his career total to 264, breaking the school's all-time career record in the process. Laurent totaled four runs scored, 17 total bases and a 1.307 slugging percentage last week as well.
The outfielder came into the weekend needing seven hits to surpass Larry Wayne York who held the Liberty career mark with 262 hits from 2000-2003. After getting three hits in Friday's game, he followed with three hits in his first four at bats in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The left fielder then stepped to the plate in the eighth inning and hit a run-scoring single to right field for career hit 263 to break the record. He added a double in the second game to push his total to 264.
Also this week, he has been named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District III second team which recognizes both athletic and academic achievement. The Flames' starting left fielder has a 3.51 GPA and has been a member of the Dean's list three times. He has also been named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in both the 2004-05 and 2003-04 academic years.
This season, Laurent leads the Flames and is among the Big South leaders with a .372 batting average, 74 hits, 57 RBI, 21 doubles, nine home runs and a .613 slugging percentage. His 21 doubles is one shy of the Liberty season mark for two-base hits. On April 28, the outfielder broke the school's career doubles record which had been 57, while his total now stands at 62.
Winthrop freshman Alex Wilson was been named New Balance Pitcher of the Week.
Laurent and the Flames square off with Richmond in the final midweek non-conference contest tomorrow afternoon at Worthington Stadium. Game time is set for 2 p.m.