ORU’s Hall, Omaha’s Kinney secure #SummitBSB weekly honors

ORU outfielder Blake Hall's clutch hitting and another sterling performance on the mound by Omaha's Payton Kinney earned the duo the league's weekly honors for April 15.
ORU outfielder Blake Hall's clutch hitting and another sterling performance on the mound by Omaha's Payton Kinney earned the duo the league's weekly honors for April 15.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The latest Summit League Baseball weekly honors came from opposite sides in the same series as Oral Roberts' Blake Hall garnered the Player of the Week Award and Omaha's Payton Kinney collected his third Pitcher of the Week Award of the season.

Hall batted .538 in Oral Roberts' series win over Omaha, which was the first by a league team over the first-place Mavericks. The junior finished the series going 7-for-13 with two home runs and seven RBI.

Hall's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning of game one tied things up at 7-7 before ORU walked off with an 8-7 win in the bottom of the ninth. He had a pair of singles off Kinney in game two before going 5-for-5 with four runs scored and six RBI in the rubber match to register his 10th multi-hit game of the season.

After falling behind 4-0, Hall put the Golden Eagles up 6-4 in the bottom of the second inning with a grand slam. After the Mavericks rallied to tie the game at 7-7, he drove in the go-ahead run with a RBI-single in the sixth and tacked on an insurance run in the eighth with his second homer of the game.

Kinney remained perfect on the season, improving to 7-0 after another dominating performance in Summit League play. The latest came at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa where his team had never won before in Omaha's 4-2 victory over Oral Roberts.

The Mavericks' righthander equaled his season-high in strikeouts with 11 while scattering eight hits over eight innings of work. His only blemish was allowing a solo homer in his final inning of work.

Baseball Player of the Week
Blake Hall, Oral Roberts
Jr. | Outfielder | Magnolia, Ark.
• Earned the first weekly honor of his career
• Batting .489 in Summit League play (23-for-47)
• Seven of 10 multi-hit games have come in league play

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Payton Kinney, Omaha
Sr. | RHP | Firth, Neb.
• Earned his third weekly honor of the season and fourth of his career
• Improved to 7-0 on the season
• Leads The Summit League with a 1.20 ERA overall and 1.46 ERA in league play
 

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
April 15
Player of the Week: Blake Hall, Oral Roberts
Pitcher of the Week: Payton Kinney, Omaha

Others Nominated for Player of the Week:
  Jayse McLean, North Dakota State; Diego Munoz, Western Illinois.
Others Nominated for Pitcher of the Week:  Matt Gaskins, Oral Roberts; Tyler Olmstead, South Dakota State; Blake Tritch, North Dakota State; Javin Drake, Western Illinois.

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