Drake, Hostetler nab #SummitBSB weekly honors

A pair of juniors kept their teams in the race for a Summit League Championship berth and, for those efforts, earned the latest #SummitBSB weekly honors.
A pair of juniors kept their teams in the race for a Summit League Championship berth and, for those efforts, earned the latest #SummitBSB weekly honors.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Western Illinois righthander Javin Drake and North Dakota State shortstop Bennett Hostetler kept their teams in the running for a Summit League Championship berth with outstanding performances last weekend.

For those efforts, league officials honored Drake as the Summit League Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season, tying him with Omaha's Payton Kinney for most by a league hurler in 2019 while Hostetler was named the Summit League Hitter of the Week for the first time in his career.

Drake registered his first career shutout in a 5-0 win over the Mavericks in game two of the series. He scattered four hits and fanned seven to push his league-leading total in that category to 101. After dropping game one to the league-leaders, the Leathernecks took the final two to win the series.

Hostetler put together his best weekend of the season, going 8-for-13 (.615) with three home runs and nine RBI in a series win over Purdue Fort Wayne. The junior homered in all three games against the Mastodons, doubling his season total through the first 37 games.

Hostetler finished the week with a .600 batting average, scoring seven runs and driving in 10 as the Bison scored 46 runs during a 3-1 week.

With their series wins, North Dakota State and Western Illinois remained tied for fourth place in the league standings, improving their respective records to 14-13 with one three-game weekend series remaining on the league schedule. The top four teams will earn a berth in The Summit League Baseball Championship scheduled for May 22-25 in Tulsa, Okla. 

Baseball Player of the Week
Bennett Hostetler, North Dakota State
Jr. | Shortstop | Bozeman, Mont.
• Earned the first weekly honor of the season and his career
• Hit .600 in four games last week, including an 8-for-13 effort in series win over Purdue Fort Wayne
• Doubled his season home run total from three to six over the weekend

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Javin Drake, Western Illinois
Jr. | RHP | Wilton, Iowa
• Earned the third weekly honor of his season and career
• Logged back-to-back complete-game victories, including first career shutout vs. Omaha
• First Summit League pitcher to eclipse 100-strikeout plateau in 2019 (101) with seven vs. the Mavericks

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
April 22
Player of the Week: Hunter Swift, Oral Roberts
Pitcher of the Week: Tyler Olmstead, South Dakota State
April 29
Player of the Week: Riley Keizor, Oral Roberts
Pitcher of the Week: Nic McCay, South Dakota State
May 6
Player of the Week: Kevin Raisbeck, Western Illinois
Pitcher of the Week: Max Loven, North Dakota State
May 13
Player of the Week: Bennett Hostetler, North Dakota State
Pitcher of the Week: Javin Drake, Western Illinois

Others Nominated for Player of the Week:  Riley Keizor, Oral Roberts; Garrett Mohler, Purdue Fort Wayne.

Others Nominated for Pitcher of the Week:  Jordan Harms, North Dakota State; Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts; Duane Miller, Purdue Fort Wayne; Bret Barnett, South Dakota State.

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