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Senior Chelsea Burgess named adidas® OVC Player of the Week

By Dylan Vazzano, TTU Sports Information Coordinator

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – After ending her Cookeville career in grand fashion over the weekend, senior catcher Chelsea Burgess was named the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week.

The Dunlap, Tenn. native was given the honor Monday afternoon after hitting .625 (5-8) with two home runs, five RBI, and four runs scored in leading the Tennessee Tech softball team to a three-game sweep over Morehead State to close out the regular season at home over the weekend.

Burgess enjoyed a day for the ages in Sunday's regular season finale at Tech Softball Field, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two round trippers and five RBI in the Golden Eagles' 14-7 victory for Tech's 11th win in the last 13 games. The 5-foot-5 catcher ends the regular season with a .248 batting average, six home runs, which put her in a tie with fellow senior Kendall Hooper and junior Angi Sakamoto for the team lead, and 23 RBI.

Burgess and the rest of the Golden Eagles enter the OVC Postseason Tournament hosted by Jacksonville State, May 7-10, as the No. 7 seed, locking up with No. 2 SIUE at 12:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday. With a win Tech would play the winner of No. 3 Eastern Illinois and No. 6 UT Martin on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CT, while a loss would send the Golden Eagles to a 10 a.m. start against the EIU-UTM loser on Thursday in the double-elimination format.    


Others Nominated: Kristin Whitmire, Austn Peay; Kat Hollingsworth, Belmont; Lauren Mitchell, Eastern Kentucky; Taylor Sloan, Jacksonville State; Shelby Miller, Murray State; Leah Duffe, Southeast Missouri; Haley Chambers, SIUE; Kate Morris, Tennessee State; Stephanie Nidiffer, UT Martin.


Here's a look at the rest of the awards in the OVC this week:


PITCHER OF THE WEEK:

Haley Chambers, P/DP, So., 5'7, Coatesville, Ind. - SIUE

Chambers threw a complete-game shutout against the EIU Panthers on Saturday before tossing five scoreless innings on Sunday. On Saturday, she allowed just one hit and was one strike away from her third no-hitter of the season. She allowed just three base runners and struck out 17 over her 12 innings pitched against EIU. She now is second in the OVC in wins (11) and opposing batting average (.145) and is tied for second in OVC shutouts (6).
 
Others Nominated:Brittanie Albright, Belmont; Leanna Pittsenbarger, Eastern Kentucky; Tiffany Harbin, Jacksonville State; Olivia Gamache, Tennessee State; Hannah Weaver, Tennessee Tech; Casey Vincent, UT Martin