BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — For the third straight week, Jacksonville State has claimed an Ohio Valley Conference baseball honors as Nic Gaddis was named the league's player of the week after a hitting .667 for that span.
The junior catcher paced the Gamecocks to a 3-1 record in the four-game road trip at UAB last Tuesday and a three-game series at Florida International over the weekend. JSU won the series with FIU after registering a pair of extra-inning wins Friday and Saturday.
Gaddis finished the week 10-for-15 and reached base 13 times in 18 plate appearances. Gaddis strung together eight straight hits over the final two games of the FIU set, including a 6-for-6 day at the plate in JSU's 13-6, 10-inning win over the Panthers on Saturday. He also delivered six RBIs in the contest and had the eventual game-winning RBI. Gaddis doubled twice Sunday with a double, plating his 10th RBI of the week and eighth of the weekend. He was walked three times and struck out only once in the four games.
He was one hit shy of matching JSU's record for consecutive hits of nine, held by former Gamecock Nick Clecker, who set his mark over three games in 2006. Gaddis’ six hits in a single contest matched senior Clayton Daniel's six-hit performance in 2017 at Southeast Missouri and one hit shy of matching former JSU outfielder Gavin Golsan's record of seven hits in a game. Golsan accomplished that feat at Belmont in 2016.
Gaddis went 2-for-3 in the midweek win at UAB with an RBI. His weekly stat line included a stolen base and threw out a runner on the base paths and also did not have a passed ball on the week.
After four games on the road, JSU (8-3) returns to Choccolocco Park this week for four games in Oxford, beginning with a Tuesday clash with Kennesaw State at 6 p.m. The Gamecocks begin the 30-game OVC schedule this weekend, hosting Austin Peay.