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2014-03-18 Gardner named NAIA Player of the Week
2014-03-18 Gardner named NAIA Player of the Week

Gardner named NAIA Player of the Week

Author: Alan Grossbach, NAIA Manager of Communications and Sports Information
Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Hannah Gardner of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has been named the NAIA Softball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Gardner was selected based on their performances from March 10 – 16 and were chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.

Gardner, a Frankfort, Ill., native, hit .568 with 21 RBI, 18 runs scored, four doubles and three home runs in a 10-2 week for the Tigers. The senior second baseman’s week was highlighted in Olivet Nazarene’s 12-0 victory against Jamestown (N.D.) on March 12. Gardner ended the game 4-for-4 at the dish with four RBI and three runs scored. She also blasted one of her three home runs in the contest. With the week’s performance, Gardner set the NAIA and Olivet Nazarene record for career RBI (264), while also setting the program standard in career home runs (39).

On the season, Gardner ranks among the top 10 nationally in RBI per game (2nd; 1.8), runs scored per game (5th; 1.5) and batting average (6th; 0.568).