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Softball's Gilbert Named MAC West Player of the Week

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - After leading the Ball State softball team with a .500 batting average in five games last week, sophomore outfielder Jennifer Gilbert (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week.

   "Jenny's offense means a lot to our program," said Ball State head coach Craig Nicholson. "As one of the nation's top run producers, she is a threat every time she steps into the batter's box. This past week she was able to showcase her power with three doubles, two home runs and a triple, which helped lead us to a 4-1 record."

   Gilbert, who picks up MAC West Player of the Week accolades for the first time this season and the third time in her career, is the sixth different BSU player to earn the league's top weekly honor for a position player. Overall, the Cardinals have garnered seven of the league's nine player of the week honors, while two Ball State pitchers have combined to pick up three MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week honors.

   Gilbert helped lead the Ball State softball team to a 4-1 record last week by recording a team-high .500 (8-for-16) batting average, with six of the eight hits being multi-base knocks. She also scored eight runs, while driving in six to help BSU out-score its opposition 37-20.

   Gilbert started the week with a perfect 3-for-3 effort at Wright State (April 4), including her second triple of the season. She went on to top that performance in the series opener against Ohio (April 6), blasting a pair of home runs and going 3-for-4 in BSU's 2012 home opener by also adding a double. Her second home run, which was a three-run blast, drove in the game-winning run.

   Gilbert would add doubles in the nightcap versus the Bobcats (April 6) and the series opener against Akron (April 7) to raise her MAC-leading double total to 14. In Sunday's Easter showdown against Akron (April 8), Gilbert scored what proved to be the game-winning run by reaching base on an error in the first inning. She also drew a walk in the series finale versus the Zips to help extend her current reaches base streak to a career-best 18 games.

   Thanks to her productivity last week, Gilbert enters Thursday's 3 p.m. double header versus Purdue ranked third in the nation in doubles per game (0.40), 20th in runs scored per game (1.06), 98th in slugging percentage (0.65) and 150th in home runs per game (0.20).
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