ELMHURST, Ill. – Western Illinois outfielder Deion Thompson was named The Summit League's Player of the Week while Fort Wayne starter Brandon Phelps earned the Pitcher of the Week award for their performances May 14-20.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Deion Thompson, Western Illinois
Jr. // OF // Bloomington, Ill.
- Secured his first career Player of the Week award
- Went 3-for-4 with four RBI, a double and home run in the series finale win at Omaha
- His seventh inning homer in game three was the eventual game-winner against the Mavericks
- Added a pair of hits and a RBI in a non-league contest at Kansas
- For the week, batted .389 (7-of-18) with seven RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, two walks and two stolen bases
- Had an .833 slugging percentage and .450 on-base percentage
Also nominated: Matt Elsenpeter, North Dakota State; Thomas DeBonville, Omaha; Nick Roark, Oral Roberts
Previous honorees: Feb. 19 – Spencer Henson, Oral Roberts; Feb. 26 – Logan Busch, North Dakota State; March 5 – Mason Pierzchalski, North Dakota State; March 12 – Riley Keizor, Oral Roberts; March 19 – Braden Rogers, Omaha; March 26 – Thomas DeBonville, Omaha; April 2 – Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts; April 9 – Phil Velez, South Dakota State; April 16 – Josh Falk, South Dakota State; April 23 – Mike Snyder, Fort Wayne/Nick Roark, Oral Roberts; April 30 – Carter Thompson, North Dakota State; May 7 – Tony Kjolsing, South Dakota State/Alex Dorethy, Western Illinois; May 14 – Anthony Schneider, South Dakota State
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Brandon Phelps, Fort Wayne
Sr. // RHP // Fort Wayne, Ind.
- Earned his first career Pitcher of the Week honor
- Tossed a complete game in Fort Wayne's series-opening win over first place Oral Roberts
- Allowed nine hits and two runs, while recording seven strikeouts
Also nominated: Parker Harm, North Dakota State; Nick Drahozal, Omaha; Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts; Ryan Dunne, Western Illinois
Previous honorees: Feb. 19 – Justin McGregor, Oral Roberts; Feb. 26 – Riley Johnson, North Dakota State; March 5 – Payton Kinney, Omaha; March 12 – Kyler Stout, Oral Roberts; March 19 – Spencer Koelewyn, Omaha/Ryan Dunne, Western Illinois; March 26 – Riley Johnson, North Dakota State; April 2 – Shane Odzark, Fort Wayne; April 9 – Blake Stockert, North Dakota State; April 16 – Miguel Ausua, Oral Roberts; April 23 – Cal Hehnke, Omaha; April 30 – Miguel Ausua, Oral Roberts; May 7 – Kyler Stout, Oral Roberts; May 14 – Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts; May 21 – Brandon Phelps, Fort Wayne
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three 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), 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 with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.