Monday, April 30, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Tennessee State pitcher Candace Hildebrand has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 29, the conference office announced Monday. Hildebrand tossed a complete-game shutout to open the series with Eastern Kentucky and earned the win in the final game to complete a series sweep. The Tigers picked up four wins on the week and moved back into the top six of the conference standings. She kicked off the week by hurling four innings against Middle Tennessee where she allowed an unearned run and left the game with a 3-1 lead and in line for the win. She faced 69 batters on the week, allowing an unearned run and six base runners, one by international tiebreaker, to reach third base. Hildebrand, who moved to 17-11 on the year, closed out the week by picking up two victories on EKU as the Tigers swept their first OVC series in school history. The 17 wins is best in school history for a single season. The senior opened the three-game set with the Colonels by throwing a complete-game shutout in which she surrendered five hits and struck out three. The Moreno Valley, Calif., native clinched the sweep the following day as she tossed six innings of scoreless ball, allowing five hits while striking out one, the final EKU batter in the eleventh with a runner on third. Hildebrand secured the win for herself in the series finale with a walk-off single, scoring teammate Jennifer Gregory. The accolade marks the second time of Hildebrands' career that she has been named OVC Pitcher of the Week. She was tabbed with the award as a junior in 2006 for the week of May 8 after throwing two complete game shutouts. This is the first time in school history that two Tiger players have been honored in the same season. Junior Amanda Vaught was selected by the OVC for the weeks of February 26 and March 12. Tennessee Tech's Stephanie Fischer was named OVC Player of the Week.