Wes Clarke picks up pair of national honors

COLUMBIA (USC) – Gamecock junior infielder/catcher Wes Clarke has earned a pair of national honors after his performance in games against Winthrop and Clemson last week. The Forest, Va., native has been named the National Player of the Week by both the Golden Spikes Award and Perfect Game.

Clarke belted five home runs in three games last week, driving in eight while having a 1.833 slugging percentage and a .688 on-base percentage. The junior went 3-for-3 with three home runs, four runs scored, three RBI and two walks in the 12-4 win over Winthrop on Tuesday night. Clarke drove in a run and walked in a 3-2 win over in-state rival Clemson on Saturday. He then got back on the home run train on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, four RBI and a walk in the 8-7 walk-off win against the Tigers.

This is the second straight week Clarke earned the honor from Perfect Game. The Golden Spikes Award, run by USA Baseball, has a fan vote on Monday afternoons to pick the Player of the Week. Clarke earned 57 percent of the votes in the poll.

Clarke and the Gamecocks travel to Winthrop to face the Eagles in Rock Hill Tuesday night (March 2) at 6 p.m.

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