SDSU's Robbins, Hodges Earn Weekly Baseball Awards

South Dakota State's Al Robbins (photo by Jose Juarez) and Chad Hodges.
South Dakota State's Al Robbins (photo by Jose Juarez) and Chad Hodges.

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.

Al Robbins, South Dakota State
Jr., IF
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.

Chad Hodges, South Dakota State
Jr., RHP
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.

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.

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