ELMHURST, Ill. – Omaha infielder Clayton Taylor was named Summit League Baseball Player of the Week and North Dakota State relief pitcher Luke Lind garnered the league's Pitcher of the Week award for their performances during the season-opening weekend, Feb. 19-21. The honors mark the first weekly awards of the season.
CLAYTON TAYLOR, OMAHA
Sr. // IF // Omaha, Neb.
- Earned his second career Player of the Week honor
- Went 3-for-4 with a double, four RBI and two runs scored in a 9-3 win over NJIT Saturday
- Added two hits in a win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday
- Belted a two-run home run in the season opener Friday against Eastern Michigan
- Registered a hit in all four Omaha games leading the Mavericks to a 2-2 record on the week
- For the week, hit .538 with seven RBI, three runs scored, three walks, a double and homer against just one strikeout
- Had a .846 slugging percentage and .647 on-base percentage in the four games
Also nominated: Jackson Boyce, Fort Wayne; Juan Gamez, North Dakota State; Matt Whatley, Oral Roberts; Cody Sharrow, South Dakota State; Chris Tschida, Western Illinois
LUKE LIND, NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Jr. // RHP // Eden Prairie, Minn.
- Collected his first career Pitcher of the Week award
- Notched his first career win in the 8-7 extra inning win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
- Stuck out a career-best five batters over 4.2 innings of work
- Allowed no runs and surrendered just four hits
Also nominated: Trevor Storie, Fort Wayne; Sam Murphy, Omaha; Preston Church, Western Illinois
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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 75 Academic All-Americans, 65 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. In 2014-15, The Summit League ranked first for NCAA Graduation Success Rate in women's basketball and second in baseball. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit the newly re-designed www.thesummitleague.org website, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.