ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State infielder Al Robbins and starting pitcher Chad Hodges were named The Summit League's Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for their performances Feb. 17-23.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Al Robbins, South Dakota State
West Chicago, Ill. // Illinois-Springfield
Robbins collects his first career Player of the Week award after leading South Dakota State to a four-game series win at Alabama A&M. The junior tallied a hit in all four games, including a pair of multi-hit performances, and four of his six hits went for extra bases. In the series opener Friday, Robbins went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. He added two more hits in game two with a pair of runs scored. For the week, Robbins hit .429 (6-for-14) with seven runs scored, three RBI, three doubles, one triple, four walks and two stolen bases. He had a .786 slugging percentage and .556 on-base percentage for the week. Defensively, Robbins made a diving stop up the middle for the final out in Saturday's 2-1 win.
Also nominated: Brandon Soat, Fort Wayne.
Previous honorees: Feb. 17 – Kevin Wirth, IPFW.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Chad Hodges, South Dakota State
Medicine Hat, Alberta // Vauxhall
Hodges earns his first career Pitcher of the Week award after recording a complete game victory in game three of the four-game set at Alabama A&M. The junior recorded a career-best eight punch outs against just one walk. He surrendered four hits in the game and allowed no earned runs in the 2-1 Jackrabbit victory.
Also nominated: Dane Davis, Fort Wayne; David Ernst, North Dakota State.
Previous honorees: Feb. 17 – Adam Bray, SDSU.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 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), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions, 62 All-Americans and 50 Academic All-America selections.