LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An incredible week’s effort, including a school single-game record and Southeastern Conference record-tying three HR’s in one contest, have helped Tennessee’s Lauren Gibson earn the nod as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for April 23.
“I feel very honored to be named Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week, but obviously without my teammates and coaches this would not have happened,” Gibson said. “I can’t thank them enough.”
The Pasadena, Md., product and senior second baseman hit a blistering .818 (9-for-11) with three doubles, three walks, five HR’s and 18 RBIs as the Lady Vols posted a 4-0 mark versus Appalachian State and Ole Miss (three-game road series). All five of her big flies were of the multi-run variety with four two-run HR’s and a three-run blast. Gibson registered at least one hit and two RBIs in each contest and homered in three of the four match-ups. Her finest effort occurred on Sat., April 20, as she broke the UT record and tied the SEC single-game mark for most HR’s in a single match-up (set by Auburn’s Holly Currie back on April 21, 2001) by going 4-for-5 with the trio of HR’s and a school record-tying nine RBIs. For the week Gibson registered an astronomical 3.255 OPS with a 2.455 slugging mark and a .800 on-base percentage.
“Lauren’s performance last week was truly remarkable,” Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly said. “It’s a testament to her commitment to having a great mental approach each at-bat and sticking to her game plan. We’re really proud of her.”
The reigning SEC Player of the Week currently boasts a .439 season batting average, 55 runs scored, 11 doubles and 13 stolen bases while leading the Big Orange with 15 HR’s, a .856 slugging percentage and a SEC-best 58 RBIs.
Next up Tennessee will look to extend its season-best, 19-game winning streak by hosting a three-game series against Arkansas over April 26-28 at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.