WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: Vol. 7 (March 28)
AROUND THE SUMMIT LEAGUE...
• SDSU became the first visiting team to win a league series at Oral Roberts' J.L. Johnson Stadium since the Jacks accomplished the feat in 2015. All three games were decided by one run with ORU picking up the victory in game one behind eight scoreless innings from Josh McMinn before the Jackrabbits won games two (2-1) and three (9-8).
• McMinn was named the Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season and sixth time in his career while SDSU freshman Drew Beazley was named the Player of the Week after delivering the go-ahead home run in the ninth inning of game two and tossing the final 2.1 innings in relief of game three to pick up his first collegiate win. Beazly added three hits in the rubber match, including a key two-run double in the sixth.
• Omaha has registered back-to-back sweeps in its first two Summit League series to build a two-game lead on South Dakota State and Oral Roberts. This past week, the Mavericks outscored Purdue Fort Wayne 43-5 behind the offense of Parker Smejkal (6-for-9; seven runs, eight RBI) and Ben Palensky (8-for-12; five runs, two 2Bs, two RBI).
• The Mavericks are hitting .350 as a team through six league games with Palensky leading that charge with a .458 average (11-for-24), while teammate Keil Krumwiede is batting .448 and leads all Summit League players with 13 hits.
• The Mavericks had the nation's longest winning streak snapped at 10 on Tuesday in a 12-2 loss to Wichita State during a non-conference tilt with the Shockers.
• On the mound, senior Payton Kinney improved to 5-0 and owns a sparkling 0.69 ERA. Kinney's five wins are tied for the third most in the country entering the week and his 0.69 ERA is tied for eighth. As a team, the Mavericks own a 1.93 ERA through the first two Summit League series. North Dakota State is the next closest staff, holding a 3.59 ERA.
• NDSU won two of three on the road at Western Illinois to pick up its first league wins of the season. Among the Bison regulars, Jack Simenson is batting a team-best .333 and went 4-for-9 with six RBI in two games against the Leathernecks.
• WIU's Bailey Montgomery is 9-for-18 in his last five games and had a 3-for-5 effort with five RBI in the Leathernecks' 9-6 victory over NDSU last Saturday. Montgomery currently ranks third in the league with a .348 batting clip.
• Purdue Fort Wayne's Garrett Mohler is batting a team-best .321 and owns a .536 slugging percentage (second in SL). Mohler has 10 extra-base hits on the campaign so far (5 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 3 HRs).