After the first weekend series of his Auburn career, Ike Irish has already earned the first accolade of what could be a promising career. The freshman catcher, stepping in for the entire weekend as a designated hitter, has been named the SEC Co-Freshman of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Irish went 6-of-12 in the three-game series against Indiana, with three runs, three doubles and three RBIs. 

“Yeah, I was just trying to get on base any way I could, trying to extend the inning and pass it down,” Irish said.

Irish had a hit and a double in all three contests, kicking off his freshman season by batting .500 from the plate. Auburn won the series 2-1 over Indiana.

“Ike Irish in his debut, a freshman hitting it in the three hole, he absolutely performed tonight,” said Auburn head coach Butch Thompson following Friday night’s 8-4 victory over the Hoosiers. 

Irish went three-of-five during his collegiate debut, including an RBI double and two runs. 

Irish will look to keep his momentum as the No. 17 Tigers(2-1) head to Madison to take on North Alabama (1-2). First pitch for the Tuesday night matchup is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT at Toyota Field. 

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