ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota infielder Alyssa Fernandez was named Summit League Player of the Week, while Fort Wayne pitcher Bailey Benefiel earned the league's Pitcher of the Week award. The awards mark the initial weekly honors for this season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALYSSA FERNANDEZ, SOUTH DAKOTA
Jr. // IF // Mesa, Ariz.
- Named Summit League Player of the Week for the first time in her career
- Hit four home runs in six games for the Coyotes at the Kajikawa Classic
- Drove in a team-high eight RBI
- Drew six walks for an on-base percentage of .545
- Leads the league in home runs (4), RBI (8) and slugging percentage (1.125)
Also nominated: Stephanie Hanic, Fort Wayne; Bre Beatty, North Dakota State; Abbey Murphy, South Dakota State; Halle Hollatz, Western Illinois
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
BAILEY BENEFIEL, FORT WAYNE
Sr. // P // Pendleton, Ind.
- Earned her first career Summit League Pitcher of the Week award
- Pitched a complete game in 3-2 victory over IUPUI
- Threw three innings of one-hit relief to earn the save in a combined shutout win over Wright State
- Allowed just two earned runs in 10 innings, good for a league-leading 1.40 ERA
- Struck out 10 batters, averaging one strikeout per inning
Also nominated: Jacquelyn Sertic, North Dakota State; Sydney Hampton, Omaha; Abby Carlin, Western Illinois
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.