Monday, February 28, 2011

TTU Outfielder Named Player of the Week

Tennessee Tech outfielder Kaleigh Gates has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference adidas Softball Player of the Week for her efforts this past week at the Frost Classic. The honor was announced by the OVC office Monday. A senior out of Tucson, Ariz., this is Gates' first OVC Player of the Week award and first for the Golden Eagle softball team this season. The last Golden Eagle to be voted Player of the Week was Callie Schmidt in the 2010 season. During her five games at the Frost Classic, Gates recorded six hits in 12 at bats for a .500 batting average. She drove in a team-leading seven runs, including six against East Tennessee State in Tech's 14-5 victory. She also scored three runs and coaxed four walks. Tech, which claimed four wins in its five games in Chattanooga, visits Belmont for a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. Game times are set for 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles are back home this weekend to open their home schedule by hosting 13 games in the first Tech Combat Classic.