AUBURN, Ala. — Alyssa Rivera reclaimed her starting spot in the Auburn softball outfield two weekends ago at Georgia. Last weekend against Ole Miss, she made sure it wasn’t going anywhere, and the SEC took notice.
The SEC named Rivera, an outfielder from Eagle Lake, Fla, its freshman of the week Tuesday morning. Rivera went 5-for-10 at the plate in a three-game series against Ole Miss with three RBI — two of them serving as the game-winning runs in Auburn’s two victories.
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Rivera is batting .407 this season, which is the highest average of any player who has started double-digit games. She has also been one of Auburn’s top defensive players this season, showing off great range in right field.
“I’m trying to figure out her style,” Auburn coach Clint Myers said last weekend. “She’s a heck of an athlete. When she figures it out, she really could be dangerous. She has a high upside.”
Rivera was one of three freshman starters for the Tigers in Game 3 against Ole Miss. She joined second baseman KK Crocker and left fielder Carmyn Greenwood in the starting lineup for the series victory.
“You see a kid out there just wanting to have fun,” Auburn senior third baseman Kasey Cooper said. “It looks like she just enjoys playing the game. You don’t see any thinking. You don’t see anything going through her head, which is perfect. … I think she looks amazing out there. When she sees the ball, she reacts.”
Rivera is Auburn’s first SEC freshman of the week for 2017. Shortstop Haley Fagan and catcher Carlee Wallace earned SEC player of the week honors earlier this season.
Auburn softball, which dropped to No. 7 in the NFCA poll Tuesday, returns to action Wednesday night against Georgia State. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the game will stream live on SEC Network+.