WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: Vol. 11 (April 25)
AROUND THE SUMMIT LEAGUE...
• Omaha picked up its fifth sweep in #SummitBSB play this season to improve to 16-2 and push its lead in the league standings to five games. The Mavericks are hitting a league-best .333 as a team and own a league-best 3.71 ERA through six-weekend series.
• Parker Smejkal batted .500 in the series sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne to improve his league-leading batting average to .384. He's raised that to a league-best .471 clip in Summit action. In fact, the Mavericks have the top three hitters in SL so far this season as Keil Krumwiede ranks second (.389) and Breyden Eckhout is third (.388).
• Payton Kinney improved to 8-0 on the season with a win in game two and has pitched at least six innings in all six of his league starts (5-0; 1.64 ERA).
• South Dakota State picked up another series win to keep its second-place standing with a weekend trip to Omaha coming up. The Jacks won the first two matchups against Western Illinois before the Leathernecks took the series finale with a 7-6 win in extra innings.
• Jackrabbits' first baseman Josh Falk carries a five-game hitting streak into the series with the Mavericks. He's batting 12-for-25 (.480) during that stretch with three home runs and 12 RBI. He is second in the league with eight round-trippers on the season.
• Righthander Tyler Olmstead earned the first Pitcher of the Week accolade of his career after fanning 11 Leathernecks in an 11-3 series-opening win for the Jacks. Olmstead is 3-1 in league play with a 2.14 ERA.
• Oral Roberts picked up its second-straight series win after being swept by WIU three weeks ago. The Golden Eagles improved to 10-8 in league play as Hunter Swift was named the Player of the Week for his efforts against North Dakota State.
• Swift went 5-for-7 at the plate against the Bison and, in the game that he did not play in the field, he pitched four innings of hitless relief to help the Golden Eagles rally for an 11-5 win to clinch the series.
• NDSU's Tucker Rhode helped the Bison preserve a win in the series by delivering a walk-off single in the ninth inning of game three.
• Spots two through five in the league standings are only separated by three games and the Bison, who are the team just outside the top four, host Western Illinois in a key series this weekend in Fargo. The Leathernecks are a game up on NDSU entering the weekend.
THIS WEEK IN THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Friday, April 26
South Dakota State at Omaha
Oral Roberts at Purdue Fort Wayne
Western Illinois at North Dakota State
Friday, April 19
Omaha 5, Purdue Fort Wayne 0
Oral Roberts 8, North Dakota State 7
South Dakota State 11, Western Illinois 3
Saturday, April 20