USI Softball’s Fair earns OVC Player of the Week

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Softball senior first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday. The OVC’s weekly accolades are voted upon by the league’s communications directors.
The honor was the final OVC weekly accolade of the regular season and the first for Fair this season. Fair is the second Screaming Eagle to win a player of the week award on the campaign, as junior pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) was named OVC Pitcher of the Week twice earlier this season.
In the final weekend of the OVC regular season, Fair helped lead Southern Indiana to its seventh OVC series win at Western Illinois University. At the plate, Fair went 5-10 with three runs, two doubles, a home run, and four RBIs. The senior had a .583 on-base percentage and slugged 1.000.
Fair collected a pair of hits with a run in the 9-1 series-opening win at Western Illinois before adding a double and another run in the middle game of the series. Fair concluded the series with an RBI double and a three-run home, totaling four RBIs in Sunday’s game. Fair also reached base via two hit-by-pitches in the series, increasing her USI all-time record.
Overall, Fair leads the team with a .344 batting average and a .953 OPS. Fair also has a team-high 12 doubles with two home runs. The senior’s 25 RBIs is second on USI. Within the Ohio Valley Conference, Fair ranks top 10 in on-base percentage (.445), doubles, and hit-by-pitches (11).
Fair and the Screaming Eagles are getting set for their second consecutive appearance at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship Tournament, which starts on Wednesday. USI is the 4-seed and will open its postseason appearance Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of 5-seed University of Tennessee at Martin or 8-seed Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.