ELMHURST, Ill. – Oral Roberts outfielder Derrian James and Western Illinois second baseman Colton Pogue were named The Summit League Baseball Players of the Week while Fort Wayne starting pitcher Ryan Wells was selected as the league's Pitcher of the Week for their performances March 30 – April 5.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Derrian James, Oral Roberts
Sr. // OF
Port Arthur, Texas // Panola College
James collects his first career Player of the Week award after leading Oral Roberts to a series win at South Dakota State and a victory over No. 11 Oklahoma State. The senior outfielder was 3-for-5 in the series finale in Brookings with a home run, four RBI and two runs. He added another homer in game two of the series on Saturday with two walks and three runs scored. For the week, James batted .429 (6-for-14) with seven runs scored, five RBI, two home runs, two walks and a stolen base. He did not strike out in 17 plate appearances and had a .857 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage.
Colton Pogue, Western Illinois
Fr. // 2B
Blue Springs, Mo. // Blue Springs South
Pogue earns his first career honor after guiding Western Illinois to a 2-2 record last week, including a win over No. 24 Iowa. In the game against the Hawkeyes, the freshman second baseman was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a grand slam. His grand slam in the eighth inning ended the game as it put the Leathernecks up by 11 runs (16-5). His second home run of the week came in Saturday's win at Omaha. He also recorded a double in games one and three against the Mavericks. For the week, Pogue had an .895 slugging percentage with a .368 (7-for-19) batting average. He drove-in seven runs with five runs scored, four doubles and two home runs.
Also nominated: Greg Kaiser, Fort Wayne; JT Core, North Dakota State; Cole Gruber, Omaha; Al Robbins, South Dakota State.
Previous honorees: Feb. 16 – Shane Trevino, IPFW; Feb. 23 – Brandon Soat, IPFW/Anthony Sequeira, ORU; March 2 – Reid Clary, SDSU; March 9 – Zach Coppola, SDSU; March 16 – Cole Gruber, UNO; March 23 – Alex Mortensen, UNO/Chris Tschida, WIU; March 30 – Anthony Sequeira, ORU.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ryan Wells, Fort Wayne
Montpelier, Ohio // Lincoln Trail College
Wells captures his first career Pitcher of the Week award after tossing a complete game shutout in Fort Wayne's 8-0 win over North Dakota State on Saturday. The senior right hander recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in his nine innings of work. He allowed just five hits with only three walks. Wells records the league's first nine-inning complete game shutout since last season and is the first for the Mastodons since 2012.
Also nominated: Trent Keefer, North Dakota State; Tyler Fox, Omaha; Jacob McDavid, Oral Roberts; Tyler Owings, Western Illinois.
Previous honorees: Feb. 16 – Kyler Stout, ORU; Feb. 23 – Zach Williamsen, UNO; March 2 – Tyler Hamer, UNO; March 9 – Preston Church, WIU; March 16 – Xavier Altamirano, ORU; March 23 – Talon Jumper, SDSU; March 30 – Guillermo Trujillo, ORU.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 65 All-Americans, 60 Academic All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow on Twitter @thesummitleague, download The Summit League's Front Row app, and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.