BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Jacksonville State freshman Shelby Holley has been named the Ohio Valley Conference's layer of the Week for softball after he efforts in the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic over the weekend, the league office announced on Monday.
Holley, a first baseman from Pisgah, Ala., is off to a fast start to her collegiate career and continued her early success in the Gamecocks' four games in last week's tournament. Over the weekend, Holley went 7-for-11 at the plate for a .636 average with three home runs and five walks.
She posted an on-base percentage of .750 during the four games and hit safely in all four, including three two-hit games. She extended her hitting streak to 11 games.
To open the tournament on Friday, Holley belted a pair of solo homers in a one-run loss to Western Kentucky before hitting another in an 8-3 win over UNC Greensboro later in the day. The national record holder for home runs in a single season and a career at the high school level now has 10 home runs just 15 games into her collegiate career.
Holley and the Gamecocks have a busy week ahead of them, starting with a 6 p.m. game at UAB on Tuesday. They will then return home for a Thursday doubleheader vs. Georgia State that will start at 2 p.m. at University Field. JSU will open OVC play this weekend against defending regular-season champion Eastern Illinois with a three-game series that will start with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and wrap up with a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday. Admission is free to all JSU home games.