Travis wins NJCAA Player of the Week

Travis wins NJCAA Player of the Week

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast shortstop Rakeya Travis dominated the Bulldogs' four-game sweep of Dyersburg State over the weekend, and the performance has earned her NJCAA Player of the Week honors.

"It means a lot," the freshman from Poplarville said. "Coming here, I really didn't expect it. I was in a slump before those first two games. It really means a lot to me."

Travis hit two home runs and a triple on the way to driving in seven runs and scoring nine. She slashed an eye-popping .857/.923/2.000.

Almost as impressive was her play in the field, where she handled eight chances without an error.

"She got the barrel on the ball a lot," Gulf Coast coach Eric Neel said. "She very seldom swung and missed. Defensively, it was even more impressive than what we were expecting. She's a very confident kid, and I don't expect to see her fall off any, but I expect to see people treat her a lot different at the plate."

The Bulldogs moved up five spots in the NJCAA rankings to No. 8. They're off this week before traveling to Marion Military on Monday.

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