Leathernecks sweep #SummitBSB weekly honors

Western Illinois became the first Summit League team to sweep Oral Roberts in a baseball series this past weekend and two Leatherneck standouts swept the weekly baseball honors for their efforts.
Western Illinois became the first Summit League team to sweep Oral Roberts in a baseball series this past weekend and two Leatherneck standouts swept the weekly baseball honors for their efforts.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the first time this season, a pair of teammates swept The Summit League's weekly baseball honors as Western Illinois outfielder Drue Galassi claimed the Player of the Week award and righthander Javin Drake earned the Pitcher of the Week accolade.

Both Leathernecks came up with big performances during their sweep of Oral Roberts in Macomb, which marked the first in ORU's history (1999-2012; 2015-present) as a Summit League member that they suffered a sweep in league play. 

Galassi finished the series 9-for-15, going 3-for-5 with a home run in each of the three contests. He also drove in a team-high seven runs, scored five runs and stole three bases. Galassi drove in three runs in both games one and three of the series and stole a pair of bases in the finale.

Drake retired the first 10 Golden Eagles he faced in Saturday's 7-3 win over ORU. He held the ORU bats scoreless and to just three hits through his first seven innings as Galassi and company staked him to a 7-0 lead. Drake added seven punchouts to bring his league-leading total to 61. It marked the sixth time this season he had seven or more strikeouts in a start. 

Baseball Player of the Week
Drue Galassi, Western Illinois
Jr. | Outfielder | Peoria, Ill.
• Earned the second weekly honor of his career and first of season
• Batted .600 and homered in each game against Oral Roberts
• Shares The Summit League lead in home runs (7) and RBI (26)

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Javin Drake, Western Illinois
Jr. | RHP | Wilton, Iowa
• Earned the second weekly honor of the season and his career
• Improved to 3-3 on the season
• Leads The Summit League in strikeouts with 61 in 54.2 innings of work 

2019 Baseball Weekly Award Winners
February 18
Player of the Week: Andrew Pace, Oral Roberts
Pitcher of the Week: Brady Stover, SDSU
February 25
Player of the Week: Kevin Raisbeck, Western Illinois
Pitcher of the Week: Payton Kinney, Omaha
March 4
Player of the Week: Logan Holtz, South Dakota State
Pitcher of the Week: Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts
March 11
Player of the Week: Gus Steiger, South Dakota State
Co-Pitcher of the Week: Joey Machado, Omaha
Co-Pitcher of the Week: Javin Drake, Western Illinois
March 18
Player of the Week: Hunter Wilson Oral Roberts
Pitcher of the Week: Payton Kinney, Omaha
March 25
Player of the Week: Drew Beazley, South Dakota State
Pitcher of the Week: Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts
April 1
Player of the Week: Breyden Eckhout, Omaha
Pitcher of the Week: Nic McCay, South Dakota State
April 8
Player of the Week: Drue Galassi, Western Illinois
Pitcher of the Week: Javin Drake, Western Illinois

Others Nominated for Player of the Week:  Andrew Lawvere, Purdue Fort Wayne; Thomas Debonville, Omaha; Blake Hall, Oral Roberts; Charley Hesse, North Dakota State.

Others Nominated for Pitcher of the Week:  Justin Miller, Purdue Fort Wayne; Spencer Koelewyn, Omaha; Sam Rainwater, Oral Roberts; Tyler Olmstead, South Dakota State; Ben Smith, North Dakota State.


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