Mortimore, Menke, Minogue Named April Athletes of the Month

North Dakota State's Matti Mortimore and Krista Menke and South Dakota's Yvon Minogue
North Dakota State's Matti Mortimore and Krista Menke and South Dakota's Yvon Minogue

April Athletes of the Month Release

ELMHURST, Ill. -- The Summit League has selected North Dakota State men’s track & field athlete Matti Mortimore (Ipswich, Suffolk, England) as the Male Athlete of the Month, while North Dakota State and South Dakota softball players Krista Menke (Friend, Neb.) and Yvon Minogue (Corona, Calif.) shared the Female Athlete of the Month honors for April.

Mortimore collects his first career Athlete of the Month honor after capturing a pair of javelin throw titles and breaking the North Dakota State school record in the process. The sophomore won the Mt. SAC Relays with his school record throw of 237’4” (72.33m) on April 17, which ranks No. 12 nationally and is the top javelin mark among British men this year. On April 11, Mortimore had a toss of 221’5” (67.50m) to win the Husker Spring Invitational. He also registered two other top-five finishes during the month, placing fourth at the Drake Relays with a mark of 219’1” (66.78m) and fifth at the Stanford Invitational with a throw of 230’10” (70.37m). Mortimore was named The Summit League’s Track Athlete of the Month twice during the month on April 7 and 21.

Menke earns her first career Athlete of the Month award after tossing a perfect game and four no-hitters against league opposition in April. She also added a pair of wins against nationally-ranked competition. In the first game of a doubleheader at Fort Wayne on April 18, the senior tossed a five-inning perfect game with 12 strikeouts. She followed that up with a one-hitter in game two with 14 punch outs. Her other two one-hitters came on April 3 against South Dakota and April 11 vs. South Dakota State. On April 22, Menke threw seven innings with three strikeouts in a 5-4 win at No. 10 Minnesota and earned a 7-3 win at No. 21 South Alabama with nine strikeouts. For the month, she had an 8-2 record in 11 appearances with a 2.23 ERA in 62.2 innings of work. She held opponents to a .181 batting average with 85 strikeouts. She earned three Pitcher of the Week honors in April, is currently ranked second in the NCAA in strikeouts (339) and was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.

Minogue also records her first career accolade after batting .538 (35-of-65) during the month as South Dakota had a 13-5 record. She collected a hit in all but three games, including 13 multi-hit contests. She was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored at Creighton on April 8 and went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, three RBI and three runs on April 12 at Fort Wayne. She also added four other three-hit games in April at Creighton (April 8), vs. Omaha (April 17), at North Dakota (April 28) and vs. Kansas City (April 30). For the month, the junior first baseman had a .954 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage with 22 runs scored, 17 RBI, seven doubles, six home runs and a triple. She added seven walks and just three strikeouts. She also broke The Summit League single-season records for hits (87) and doubles (26) during the month and currently ranks second and first, respectively, in the nation. Her .481 batting average this season is fifth nationally.

Also nominated for the Men’s Athlete of the Month: Greg Kaiser, Fort Wayne, baseball; David Beasley, IUPUI, tennis; Cole Gruber, Omaha, baseball; Derrian James, Oral Roberts, baseball; Sam Matthew, South Dakota, golf; Zach Coppola, South Dakota State, baseball.

Also nominated for the Women’s Athlete of the Month: Mayu Sato, Fort Wayne, tennis; Eryn Dillon, IUPUI, softball; Madison Reynolds, Oral Roberts, track & field.

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