JSU's A. Maldonado Wins OVC Softball Player of the Week

(Courtesy: JSU Sports Information) BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Jacksonville State senior Amanda Maldonado became the third Gamecock in as many weeks to earn the Ohio Valley Conference's Softball Player of the Week honor on Monday. Maldonado, a first baseman from Tucson, Ariz., was voted the Player of the Week by the league's Sports Information Directorson Monday after going 8-for-15 with three home runs, seven RBI and a 1.200 slugging percentage in guiding the Gamecocks (11-5) to a 4-2 week that included a win over Purdue on Saturday. She joins Cadi Oliver (Feb. 10) and Kalee Tabor (Feb. 17) as the league's Players of the Week through the first three weeks of the 2014 season. Her .533 average during a week that saw JSU sweep Alabama A&M on Tuesday before going 2-2 in the Wilson/DeMarini Classic at Auburn over the weekend. Maldonado entered the weekend with just one home run in her JSU career before belting three during the week. She opened the week by going 4-for-5 in a doubleheader sweep of Alabama A&M, grabbing two hits in each game. In the finale, she broke up a perfect game with a sixth-inning single before hitting a seventh-inning home run that lifted JSU to a 4-1 win. Maldonado also homered in the first and last games of the tournament in Auburn, including a solo blast that broke a scoreless tie and gave the Gamecocks the lead for good in a 2-1 win over Big Ten foe Purdue. She hit safely in all but one game during the week and reached base at least once in every game, boasting a .611 on-base percentage for the week. The Gamecocks are off this week and will return to the diamond on March 6 at the Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Challenge. They will face the host Chanticleers at 4 p.m. on March 6 before taking on Furman and Appalachian State twice over the weekend. (Courtesy: JSU Sports Information)

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