ORU's Bain, CC's Thacker Named March Athletes of Month

ORU's Bain, CC's Thacker Named March Athletes of Month

ELMHURST, Ill. - Oral Roberts indoor track & field athlete Andretti Bain (Nassau, Bahamas/St. Johns College) and Centenary softball player Ryan Thacker (Alto, Texas/Alto HS) have been named The Summit League Athletes of the Month for March.

Bain earns Men's Athlete of the Month honors after making Oral Roberts history by winning a national championship in the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.19 at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. With the win, Bain became the first-ever NCAA champion at Oral Roberts. The Nassau, Bahamas, native set a school record in the preliminaries, running 46.02 to move on to the finals. He also finished in a tie for 23rd in the nation in the 200-meter dash. The senior won his fourth-straight indoor league title in the 400 meters in February.

Thacker earns Female Athlete of the Month honors after leading the Ladies to a 16-2 mark on the month, including a school-record 13 straight wins, A two-time Summit League Pitcher of the Week during the month, she was 9-2 with a 1.44 ERA in March. She had 56 strikeouts in 53.1 innings pitched and walked just 10 batters. She was 6-0 in the month in Summit League games, helping the Ladies to a 9-0 mark in league play. She closed out the month with eight straight wins. Thacker gave up just two runs in 33 innings of Summit League play for a 0.42 ERA with 40 strikeouts to only four walks. She threw a complete game shutout, striking out 11, in Centenary's league opener against IUPUI and pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits, in the series opener with UMKC. She also shut out Oakland twice, going five innings each game.

Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Justin Kraft, Centenary, baseball; Gabriel Garcia, IUPUI, tennis; Dennis Schwarz, UMKC, tennis; Shane Bushland, North Dakota State, baseball; Marcin Unold, Oakland, swimming & diving; Steve Grantz, South Dakota State, tennis; Kenny Price, Western Illinois, baseball.

Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Tara Mickelson, IPFW, softball; Samantha Hurst, UMKC, softball; Allison Bakke, North Dakota State, softball; Caitlin Lynch, Oakland, softball; Samantha Valentine, Western Illinois, softball.

2007-08 Athletes of the Month

Month

Male, School, Sport

Female, School, Sport

August/September

Aaron Volanski, Centenary, soccer

Amy Anderson, South Dakota State, volleyball

October

Mark Currell, Southern Utah, cross country

Faithy Kamangila, Oral Roberts, cross country

November

Ben Woodside, North Dakota State, basketball

Amy Anderson, South Dakota State, volleyball

December

Brett Winkelman, North Dakota State, basketball

Jessica Pike, Oakland, basketball

January

Robert Jarvis, Oral Roberts, basketball

Amy Recht, IPFW, tennis

February

Marcin Unold, Oakland, swimming

Agnes Solan, Oakland, swimming

March

Andretti Bain, Oral Roberts, indoor track & field

Ryan Thacker, Centenary, softball

April

May/June



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