Jacksonville State's Donovan Hand was named the Ohio Valley Conference
Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season Monday, the most of any
player since Southeast Missouri's Todd Pennington earned the honor five times in
Hand scattered just three hits over 10 innings in leading Jacksonville State
to a 2-1 extra inning win over Murray State over the weekend. He allowed an
unearned run in the fourth inning but came back to retire the final 19 batters
of the game and limited the Thoroughbreds to just a .091 batting average on the
The Hatton native struck out eight batters (and did not issue a walk) to
increase his career strikeout total to 233, fifth in JSU history. He threw 123
pitches and did not allow a leadoff batter to reach base. The victory was his
seventh of the season and the complete game his sixth (all of which have come
against OVC opponents).
The Gamecocks open defense of their OVC Tournament championship this Thursday
at 2:30 p.m. against the highest seed winner from Wednesday's first day of
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