March 18, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Tennessee senior Lauren Gibson has been named SEC Co-Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Gibson shares the honors this week with Florida sophomore Lauren Haeger.
Gibson enjoyed a banner week at the plate, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with three homers, six RBIs, six runs scored and four walks. She had a whopping 1.333 slugging percentage and a .626 on-base percentage over four games. Gibson also totaled 13 putouts and four assists with no errors at second base.
She is Tennessee's first SEC Player of the Week of 2013 and UT's first since Raven Chavanne earned the honors on April 30, 2012. Gibson was also a 2013 Preseason All-SEC selection.
Gibson doubled her home run season total in just one week and produced some clutch hits for the No. 6/7 Lady Vols (23-6, 3-3 SEC). In UT's 8-0, five-inning win over Winthrop on March 12, Gibson's two-run homer in the bottom of the first gave Tennessee a 2-0 lead.
In UT's three-game series at No. 3/3 Florida from March 15-17, Gibson accounted for eight of UT's 11 runs, scoring four and driving in four. On March 15, Gibson came up with a clutch two-run homer with two outs in the seventh to tie the game at 5-5 and allow UT to take the game into the eighth inning. Florida won the game, 6-5, with one run in the bottom of the eighth. On March 16, Gibson reached base three times with a hit and two walks and scored two runs to lead Tennessee to a 3-1, eight-inning win. On March 17, she drilled a solo homer down the right field line in the top of the third to extend the Lady Vols' lead to 2-0 before Florida came back to claim a 5-3 win in the eighth inning.
For the season, Gibson his batting a team-high .425 with six homers, five doubles, one triple, 23 RBIs, 31 runs, 20 walks and nine stolen bases. She leads the team with a .738 slugging percentage and a .558 on-base percentage, producing an impressive 1.296 OPS.
The Lady Vols will host Murray State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Kids 12 and under get in for free and receive a complimentary reserved bleacher back ticket, based on availability. UT will host No. 7/5 Texas A&M for a three-game series this Friday through Sunday. Tennessee will retire legendary pitcher Monica Abbott's No. 7 jersey before Saturday's game, which will be televised on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's game is sold out, but tickets for the rest of this week's games against Murray State and Texas A&M can be purchased through UTTix.com.