ELMHURST, Ill. – North Dakota State infielder Mason Pierzchalski was named Summit League Baseball Player of the Week, while South Dakota State starting pitcher Ryan Froom garnered the Pitcher of the Week award for their opening weekend performances, Feb. 17-19.
MASON PIERZCHALSKI, NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Jr. // IF // Sammamish, Wash.
- Earned his second career Player of the Week award
- Hit the eventual game-winning two-run triple in the top of the 10th inning in Saturday's 9-6 game one win at Mississippi Valley
- Had three multi-hit contests in the four-game series and scored at least one run in all four games
- For the week, he accounted for 12 runs (6 runs, 6 RBI) with seven hits, three walks and three extra base hits (2B, 3B, HR)
- Batted .438 (7-for-16) with a .550 on-base percentage and .812 slugging percentage
Also nominated: Jake Weber, Fort Wayne; Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts; Landon Badger, South Dakota State; Drue Galassi, Western Illinois
RYAN FROOM, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Sr. // RHP // Crystal, Minn.
- Received his first career Pitcher of the Week honor
- Tossed seven shutout innings en route to a 3-1 South Dakota State win over Chicago State
- Allowed just three hits with five strikeouts and no walks in his seven innings of work
- Set the tone by striking out the side in the first inning of his season debut
Also nominated: Mitchell Ley, Fort Wayne; Reed Pfannenstein, North Dakota State; Corey Binger, Omaha; Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts; Ian Koch, Western Illinois
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