Sara Borders Slugs Her Way To OVC Player of the Week
After a remarkable week at the plate, Jacksonville State senior Sara Borders was named the Ohio Valley Conference's Player of the Week on Monday.
The first baseman from Alexandria, Ala., led the Gamecocks (30-14, 13-5 OVC) to a 4-1 record during the week and did so with some very impressive offensive numbers. She and the Gamecocks swept a pair of doubleheaders from Murray State and Austin Peay over the weekend to jump the Racers and Tennessee Tech for the second spot in the league standings.
On the week, Borders had a .688 (11-16) batting average while scoring eight runs, hitting five home runs, driving in 13 runs, collecting 28 total bases, and hitting two doubles. She also had an on base percentage of .722 and slugged 1.750. Over the course of four OVC games last weekend, Borders went 10-for-13 (.765), hit four home runs and drove in 10 runs.
The week saw her homer at least once in four of JSU's five games. She opened the week with a three-run homer against Georgia Tech and then got the weekend started with her third career two-homer game in an 8-2 win over Murray State. She would homer in each of the two games against Austin Peay on Sunday to run her career total to 45, second only to Daniela Pappano's school record of 53 set from 2004-07.
In Sunday's two-game set against Austin Peay, Borders went a combined 6-for-7 with two homers, two doubles, six RBI and four runs scored. With a steady wind blowing in from left on Sunday, both doubles bounced off the left field wall.
The week came after Borders was named the recipient of the school's Eagle Owl Award on Monday, naming her the best female student-athlete for all sports in the 2014-15 senior class. It marks the second time this season and the seventh time in her career Borders has been named the OVC's Player of the Week.
She and the Gamecocks sit behind just SIU-Edwardsville in the league standings with just six games remaining on the schedule. They travel to Nashville for a three-game series at Belmont this weekend, starting with a doubleheader Saturday at 12 p.m. CT.
(Courtesy: JSU Sports Information)