Gandara earns Big South Conference Player of the Week honors

Gandara earns Big South Conference Player of the Week honors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Charleston Southern freshman outfielder Jade Gandara was named this week's Big South Conference Player of the Week as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.

Gandara, a freshman from Hemet, Calif., becomes the third Buccaneer recognized by the conference office over the first three weeks of the season. Freshman pitcher Arizona Pilgrim was named the Big South Pitcher of the Week on February 15, while junior outfielder Stevi Johnson earned Big South Player of the Week honors on February 22.

Gandara paced the CSU offense on the weekend at the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational, hitting .667 from the plate with 12 hits in 18 at-bats. The freshman outfielder added five runs scored, five RBI, a double, triple and home run over the weekend.

She opened the weekend going 2-for-4 from the plate with a team-high three RBI in the Bucs' 4-3 win over Delaware State. The freshman outfielder had an RBI single in the bottom of the first, then drove in two runs in the bottom of the second to pace the Bucs to the win over the Hornets.

She added a single and a walk against UT Arlington, scoring in the Bucs' bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game up, 3-3, against the Mavericks.

Gandara continued to swing the hot bat on the second day of the tournament picking up a triple in her first at-bat against Savannah State, going 2-for-3 on the day.

She rallied the CSU offense against Delaware State going 4-for-4 from the plate with two runs scored and a solo home run. Her solo shot cleared the centerfield fence against the Hornets to attempt to rally the Bucs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

She finished the weekend going 3-for-4 from the plate with an RBI double in CSU's loss to Savannah State.

The Buccaneers continue the 2016 season with their first road trip of the year as CSU flies cross country to take part in the Stacy Winseberg Memorial Tournament hosted by UCLA on March 4-6.