VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State baseball wasn't going to go the entire season without one of its players earning Gulf South Conference player of the week honors. John McDonald made sure of that.
The Blazers' senior right fielder owned opposing pitchers over a six-game span last week, earning him the player of the week award as voted on by the league office.
McDonald caught fire at the plate, hitting .750 in 20 at-bats, while scoring 11 runs, hitting four home runs with 12 RBIs. Plus, he did it against four teams ranked in the top 30 in the nation.
"I was just seeing the ball good and put a good swing on it," said McDonald, a first team All-GSC selection as a junior. "I felt like I got in the zone and the ball looked big to me."
McDonald's numbers ballooned over the weekend in a crucial conference series against Montevallo. He belted four homers in the first two games of the three-game series, with three of those coming in one game, which tied a school record, to go along with eight RBIs in a game 2 win.
McDonald, who hit 10 homers as a junior, leads the team with 11 home runs this season. He's also the team leader in batting average (.410), RBIs (48), runs (45), hits (73), doubles (12) and stolen bases (13).
The player of the week honor meant a lot to McDonald, but "not as much as if we can get in the tournament," he said.
The Blazers are fighting for a the final two spots in the East division for an invite to the GSC tournament in Millington, Tenn. Valdosta State, Montevallo and West Alabama are all tied for third with a 9-9 conference record entering the final weekend of GSC play.
The Blazers host West Florida, who has already locked up a spot in the tournament, Saturday in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. (Radio: 1450 AM) and a single game Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (Radio: 105.9 FM).
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