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22 May 2007
JSU's Hand Named Pitcher of the Week

From Staff Reports
The Anniston Star

Reprinted here in its entirety.

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 2001.

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 day.

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 play.

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