This is Gibson's second OVC weekly honor this season, third of his career.
3/17/2014 11:20:00 AM
Gibson Repeats as OVC Player of the Week
– Senior Derek Gibson
has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for the second-straight week, the league announced Monday. Gibson has been nearly unstoppable since the beginning of OVC play, helping lead his team to a perfect 6-0 start in conference play and a seven-game winning streak.
"Derek has put together two very impressive offensive weeks," said head coach Steve Bieser
. "He is really swinging the bat well and in all situations. He could not have picked a better time than the beginning of OVC play to get hot. "
Gibson continued going on a tear last week. In Tuesday's midweek game against Missouri State at home, Gibson went 2-for-4 with the eventual game-winning home run to put the Redhawks ahead 6-5. In the weekend sweep of Eastern Kentucky, Gibson batted .667 (8-for-12) with nine RBI in the series. In game one of the series, he was 3-for-3 with five RBI including a sacrifice fly and a walk. In game one of the doubleheader on Saturday against the Colonels, he was 4-for-5 with three RBI and two doubles. In game two, he went 1-for-4 but still contributed a sac bunt and a sac fly with a run scored in the contest.
Gibson's .463 overall batting average is leading the OVC while his .652 OVC average is also leading the league. In OVC play this season, Gibson is batting .652 (15-for-23) with three doubles, a triple, and 15 RBI. He is slugging .870 with a .643 on-base percentage. Gibson also has zero strikeouts in league play this season.
As a team, Southeast was batting .298 prior to the series against EKU. After the series sweep, the Redhawks are now batting a hefty .319. Last week, Southeast ranked 25th
in the nation with a .303 team batting average.
Gibson and the rest of the Redhawk squad will face Saint Louis at 5 p.m. Tuesday as they open a four-game home stand.