Gibson named SEC player of the week

By: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Arkansas' Danielle Gibson is met at the plate after she hit a game-winning home run to defeat Ole Miss on Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Fayetteville.
( Walt Beazley, Arkansas Razorbacks )
Arkansas' Danielle Gibson is met at the plate after she hit a game-winning home run to defeat Ole Miss on Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Fayetteville.

Arkansas first baseman Danielle Gibson helped the Razorbacks go back-to-back, earning the SEC softball player of the week honors, announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Gibson joins teammate Braxton Burnside, who was co-player of the week the week previously. The Razorbacks moved up two spots to No. 15 in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings, which were released Tuesday afternoon.

The redshirt junior went 6 of 11 with a home run and 3 doubles in the Razorbacks’ three-game sweep of Ole Miss over the weekend. Gibson hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to help Arkansas earn a 3-2 win on Saturday. She went 2 for 4, drove in a run and scored one in Friday’s win. She also doubled, was intentionally walked and scored on a wild pitch in the series finale.

It’s the second time she’s earned player of the week honors in her career. Gibson was selected in 2019 after she became just the second player in softball history to hit for a home run cycle.

Gibson leads the nation with 13 doubles, is tied for second with 42 hits, tied for third with 87 total bases and is tied for sixth with 34 RBI. Her .429 batting average ranks sixth in the SEC, and she’s tied for second in the league with 10 home runs.

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