College softball: JSU sweeps opening OVC player awards
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Jacksonville State's Tiffany Harbin has been named Pitcher of the Week by the Ohio Valley Conference six times. (Photo by Matt Reynolds/Jacksonville State University)
Jacksonville State's Tiffany Harbin has been named Pitcher of the Week by the Ohio Valley Conference six times. (Photo by Matt Reynolds/Jacksonville State University)
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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. ­― Jacksonville State’s Cadi Oliver and Tiffany Harbin swept the Ohio Valley Conference’s weekly softball awards for their efforts in this past weekend’s Mississippi State Bulldog Kickoff Classic.

The league office announced Monday that Oliver, a sophomore infielder from Sumiton, earned the league’s Player of the Week honor for the first time in her career. Harbin, a senior from Hazel Green, earned her sixth OVC Pitcher of the Year award and her first since 2012.

Oliver was the driving force for the JSU offense this past weekend, as the Gamecocks went 3-2 with the two defeats coming to Mississippi State.

During the Classic, JSU hit .346 and scored 34 runs. Oliver went 5-for-10 with eight RBIs, thanks to a double, triple and a homer.

She also drew two walks and boasted a 1.100 slugging percentage. In the field, she was perfect in16 chances at time split between third base and shortstop.

This marks the fourth time in five years a JSU player has won the first OVC Player of the Week award fo the season, joining Kalee Tabor (2013), Abbey Stepp (2011) and Chrissy O’Neal (2009).

Harbin’s week got off to almost a perfect start, when she tossed the fifth no-hitter of her career in the 9-0 win over Northern Kentucky. Harbin struck out 12 of the 16 batters she faced in the win that was shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule. A hit batter to lead off the NKU fourth was the only blemish on Harbin’s line.

Harbin’s effort was JSU’s first no-hitter in the opening game of a season. Harbin finished the week with 19 strikeouts in 12.1 innings of work after striking out six Mississippi State batters in 4 2/3 innings of a loss Saturday.

The Gamecocks return to the diamond Friday in Charleston, S.C., in the Charleston Southern tournament. JSU will face Maine at 10 a.m. Friday before taking on the host Buccaneers at 2 p.m. that afternoon.

They will play St. Bonaventure at 8 a.m. Saturday before beginning bracket play later that day.

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