#SummitBSB Weekly Notebook: No. 4

Several Bison are off to a fast start at the plate and, as a team, NDSU leads the Summit League in batting average through the opening three weeks of the season.
Several Bison are off to a fast start at the plate and, as a team, NDSU leads the Summit League in batting average through the opening three weeks of the season.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: VOL. 4 (Mar. 7)

AROUND THE SUMMIT LEAGUE...
• Oral Roberts bounced back after dropping three games the weekend before to sweep Purdue -- an NCAA Regional qualifier from 2018. The Golden Eagles got a pristine start from Josh McMinn, who captured Pitcher of the Week accolades after allowing just an earned run in 8.2 innings in the series opener.
• At the dish, freshman Isaac Coffey belted a pair of home runs during Friday's doubleheader, totaling seven RBI. He provided four of the team's five RBI in a 5-1 game-one victory.
• South Dakota State has split its last four games, including a 1-1 record against SEC foes. The Jacks beat Missouri 6-3 last Saturday before falling 5-4 in 14 innings to Alabama in the longest game of the year for a Summit League member.
• The Jacks' Logan Holtz earned the latest hitter of the week honors after batting .500 last weekend. He went 3-for-5 in the win over Mizzou, then provided the game-tying and go-ahead RBI in a 7-5 win over Central Arkansas.
• South Dakota State's Taylor Olmstead has a league-leading 22 strikeouts in only 15 innings of work. He had eight punchouts in his last outing vs. Central Arkansas.
• Purdue Fort Wayne catcher Andrew Lawvere kept up his torrid start in the power department, delivering his league-leading fourth home run of the season in the Mastodons' series at Southeast Missouri State. Lawvere now has four home runs and eight RBI on the season. Lawvere also leads the league in being plunked (4).
• Omaha played Savannah State as even as you can during a three-game set in the Peach State. The Mavs and Tigers went 1-1-1, ending the series with a 3-3 tie.
• Western Illinois' Jack Carberry has been the Leathernecks top pitcher out the pen so far, posting a win in relief and a team-best 3.97 era in three appearances.
• NDSU freshman Peter Brookshaw is 12-for-40 on the season and seven of those hits have gone for doubles -- a total that leads the league. His Bison teammate, Jack Simonsen, is the league's top hitter entering the weekend with a .400 clip. As a team, NDSU leads all Summit League teams with a .269 batting average.

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