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Smartt named national player of the week

Troy senior catcher Chase Smartt has been named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week following his sensational week at the plate, the prominent magazine announced Monday.

Smartt, a native of Troy, was 12-for-19 (.632) with six doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs over four games for the Trojans. He posted a 1.263 slugging percentage in addition to scoring six runs and finishing with an 1.895 OPS.

Behind Smartt’s bat, Troy went 3-1 on the week with a series win over Sun Belt East Division leader Georgia Southern and a mid-week pasting of SWAC East Division champion Alabama State. Smartt registered an extra-base hit in all four games and moved into eighth place all-time in Troy history with 42 career doubles.

Smartt becomes the ninth player to win the award. He joins Cory Gill, Austin Crook, Grant Bennett, Jo-El Bennett, Danny Collins, Tyler Vaughn, Logan Pierce, Steven Felix and Josh Dew.

Smartt and the Trojans continue their seven-game homestand on Wednesday when Alabama comes to Riddle-Pace Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.