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Week 6: Softball Players of the Week

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SEC Staff
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SEC Player of the Week - Arkansas' Danielle Gibson, a redshirt junior infielder from Murrieta, Calif., hit .400 for the week with six hits, three runs scored and three RBI. In the series sweep over Ole Miss, Gibson batted .545 to help the Razorbacks start their SEC season at 6-0 for the first time in program history. On Friday, she went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and the first of her three doubles on the weekend. In the second game of the series, Gibson registered a game-tying double in the sixth followed by a walk-off solo home run in the eighth to secure the win. On Sunday, she recorded her 13th nation-leading double.

SEC Pitcher of the Week - Florida's Elizabeth Hightower, a junior right-hander from Monticello, Fla., collected two wins and a save and held her opponents to a .176 batting average. Hightower threw 15.0 scoreless innings over four games to extend her streak to 19.1. She pitched 14 of the 19 innings against Mississippi State to help Florida post its first series shutout of an SEC opponent on the road since Stacey Nelson and Stephanie Brombacher achieved the feat at LSU in 2009.

SEC Newcomer of the Week - Georgia's Jaiden Fields, a redshirt sophomore outfielder from Kennesaw, Ga., batted .500 with five hits, three runs scored and four RBI in the series win over No. 16/18 Missouri. Fields hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning Saturday, the first of three home runs that inning to begin the game 8-0. She later provided a sacrifice fly in the fourth to add another run in the fourth. On Sunday, Fields had a leadoff double in the fifth inning, which led to the Bulldogs' seventh run of the game.

SEC Freshman of the Week - Georgia's Jayda Kearney, a freshman outfielder from Columbus, N.J., hit .500 with four hits, three runs scored and four RBI over games 2 and 3 against No. 16/18 Missouri. Kearney recorded her first career home run in the first inning of Saturday's game and later added a two-RBI double in the third. On Sunday, she had an RBI single a scored a run in the third and then reached on a fielder's choice in the seventh while the game-winning run was scored.