ELMHURST, Ill. – Oral Roberts catcher Matt Whatley was named Summit League Baseball Player of the Week, while ORU starting pitcher Nick Wood garnered the league's Pitcher of the Week award for their performances during the week of Feb. 29-March 6.
MATT WHATLEY, ORAL ROBERTS
So. // C // Claremore, Okla.
- Had a hit in all five games, including three multi-hit games
- Went a perfect 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in Friday's win over Little Rock
- Added two hits against No. 12 Missouri State and the series finale vs. Little Rock
- For the week, Whatley batted .556 with a .667 slugging percentage and .652 on-base percentage
- Drove-in seven runs while scoring two off 10 hits with four walks and just one strikeout
Also nominated: Kendall Whitman, Fort Wayne; Mason Pierzchalski, North Dakota State; Cole Gruber, Omaha; Colton Pogue, Western Illinois
Previous honorees: Feb. 22 – Clayton Taylor, UNO; Feb. 29 – Nick Roark, ORU
NICK WOOD, ORAL ROBERTS
Sr. // RHP // Los Alamitos, Calif.
- Picked up the win in Oral Roberts' 3-2 win over Little Rock
- Went five innings of shutout baseball with three strikeout and allowed just five hits without surrendering a run
Also nominated: Trevor Storie, Fort Wayne; Brian Vanderwoude, North Dakota State; Tyler Fox, Omaha; Nate Westfahl, Western Illinois
Previous honorees: Feb. 22 – Luke Lind, NDSU; Feb. 29 – Tyler Fox, UNO/Brady Womacks, ORU
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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.