By Dylan Vazzano, TTU Sports Information Coordinator
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Driving in 10 runs and leading the Tennessee Tech softball team to a 3-1 record was more than enough for senior Kendall Hooper to be recognized as the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week.
The Hermitage, Tenn. native was given the honor Monday afternoon after hitting .467 (7-15) for the week, smashing two home runs, roping three doubles, picking up 10 RBI, scoring six runs, and swiping one bag.
Hooper kicked off the week by hitting two home runs against No. 4 Tennessee, before going 5-for-12 with six RBI in the weekend's three-game sweep of Tennessee State. The 5-foot-6 first baseman has now had at least one RBI in seven straight games.
The impressive week bumps Hooper's average to .294, which is good enough for second on the team behind junior Angi Sakamoto, while Hooper is also second on Tech with 25 RBI, and is tied with Sakamoto for the team high with five round trippers.
Winners of three straight, the Golden Eagles will head to UT Martin on Friday, Apr. 18 for a doubleheader, before traveling to Southeast Missouri for a twin bill on Saturday, Apr. 19.
Here's a look at the rest of the awards in the OVC this week:
Others Nominated: Hannah Cole, Eastern Illinois; Kayla Joyce, Eastern Kentucky; Cadi Oliver, Jacksonville State; Shelby Miller, Murray State; Allison Smiley, SIUE; Courtney Gearlds, Tennessee State
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Haley Chambers, P, So., 5'7, Coatesville, Ind. - SIUE
Chambers tossed her third career no-hitter against Southeast Missouri on Saturday. She also recorded complete game shutouts against Bradley on Thursday and against Southeast Missouri on Sunday. Over 19 innings last week, Chambers gave up just six hits and four walks while striking out 29. She currently leads the league in innings pitched (151.2) and is second in strikeouts (152) this season.
Others Nominated: Taylor Moon, Belmont; Stephanie Maday, Eastern Illinois; Tiffany Harbin, Jacksonville State; Mason Robinson, Murray State; Danielle Liberatore, Tennessee Tech