ORU’s Ausua, SDSU’s Morse Earn April Athlete of the Month Honors

ORU’s Ausua, SDSU’s Morse Earn April Athlete of the Month Honors
ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected Oral Roberts baseball player Miguel Ausua (Penuelas, Puerto Rico) as the Male Athlete of the Month and South Dakota State softball player Brittney Morse (Houston, Texas) as the Female Athlete of the Month for April.
Ausua earns his second career Athlete of the Month honor and second this season after producing a 4-0 record as a starter for the Golden Eagles. The senior begin the month with a five-hit, six-strikeout performance over six innings against Western Illinois on April 7. He followed that with a one-hit gem against Fort Wayne (April 14) over seven innings with six strikeouts. He added wins over South Dakota State (April 20) and his second over Western Illinois (April 28) during the month. A two-time Pitcher of the Week in April, the Puerto Rico native did not allow more than one earned run in any of his four starts while holding his opponents to just a .181 batting average. During the month, Ausua had a 1.33 ERA with 22 strikeouts and allowed just one extra base hit (double). He leads The Summit League with seven wins on the year and is second with a 2.79 ERA.
Morse collects her first career Athlete of the Month award after guiding South Dakota State to a 10-3 record and 8-3 mark against league competition. The senior went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in the April 7 win over in-state rival South Dakota and followed that with a homer in the next two games against North Dakota State. She added three more hits and RBI in the first game of an April 28 doubleheader at Western Illinois, while belting two home runs with three RBI in game two of a twinbill against Dakota State. The league's April 9 Player of the Week, Morse batted .500 (22-for-44) during the month with a .955 slugging percentage and .532 on-base percentage (1.487 OPS). She drove-in 22 runs, scored seven times, had three homers and a pair of doubles with three walks and just one strikeout.
Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Jesse Ruder-Hook, Denver, tennis; Zach Schroeder, Fort Wayne, golf; Chris Nilsen, South Dakota, track & field
Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Sophie Newlove, Denver, golf; Shaina Eyre, Fort Wayne, softball; Mercy Abire, Oral Roberts, track & field; Helen Falda, South Dakota, track & field

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.