ORU’s Williams, McMinn, UNO’s Murphy Claim #SummitBSB Weekly Honors

Oral Roberts' Brent Williams, Josh McMinn & Omaha's Sam Murphy
Oral Roberts' Brent Williams, Josh McMinn & Omaha's Sam Murphy

ELMHURST, Ill. – Oral Roberts first baseman Brent Williams was named Summit League Baseball Player of the Week, while Oral Roberts relief pitcher Josh McMinn and Omaha starter Sam Murphy garnered the league's Pitcher of the Week awards for their performances during the week of March 28 – April 3.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRENT WILLIAMS, ORAL ROBERTS
Jr.  // 1B // Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Collected his first career Player of the Week award after leading Oral Roberts to a perfect 4-0 record on the week
  • Went 4-for-5 with four runs scored, two RBI, a double and home run in the Golden Eagles' 10-3 win over North Dakota State on Friday
  • Added a pair of hits in both games in the doubleheader on Sunday, including recording three RBI in the first contest
  • Also had a double in Wednesday's extra inning win at Kansas State to extend his hitting streak to 12 games
  • For the week, batted .562 with a .600 on-base percentage and 1.062 slugging percentage
  • Added six RBI, six runs, two doubles, two homers along with three walks

Also nominated: Shane Trevino, Fort Wayne; Paul Jacobson, South Dakota State; Nick Schrader, Western Illinois

Previous honorees: Feb. 22 – Clayton Taylor, UNO; Feb. 29 – Nick Roark, ORU; March 7 – Matt Whatley, ORU; March 14 – Luke Ringhofer, SDSU/Clayton Taylor, UNO; March 21 – Rolando Martinez, ORU; March 28 – Cole Gruber, UNO

PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
JOSH MCMINN, ORAL ROBERTS
Fr. // RHP // Oklahoma City, Okla.

  • Collected his first career Summit League Pitcher of the Week award
  • Earned the win in relief in Sunday's 6-3 win over North Dakota State
  • Tossed the final five innings, allowing no hits with four strikeouts to secure the victory
  • Also tossed one inning in Wednesday's victory at Kansas State
  • On the week, pitched six innings with four strikeouts, one walk and one hit with no earned runs

SAM MURPHY, OMAHA
Jr. // LHP // Lake Worth, Fla.

  • Earned his first career Summit League Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Tossed seven shutout innings Saturday allowing just two hits while fanning a career-high 11 batters in the no decision
  • His seven innings were a career-best and is 2-1 with a league-low 0.87 ERA on the year

Also nominated: Mitchell Ley, Fort Wayne; Henry DeCaster, South Dakota State; Joe Mortillaro, Western Illinois

Previous honorees: Feb. 22 – Luke Lind, NDSU; Feb. 29 – Tyler Fox, UNO/Brady Womacks, ORU; March 7 – Nick Wood, ORU; March 14 – Corey Binger, UNO; March 21 – Landon Busch, SDSU; March 28 – Joe Mortillaro, WIU

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 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 www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl. 

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