ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State infielder Newt Johnson was named Summit League Baseball Player of the Week, while his teammate Ryan Froom garnered the Pitcher of the Week award for their performances during the week of March 13-20.
NEWT JOHNSON, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Jr. // IF // Rapid City, S.D.
- Earned his first career Player of the Week award
- Extended his hitting streak to seven games with at least one hit in each game of a weekend sweep at Omaha, including a pair of three-hit contests
- In Saturday's win, secured three hits, one being a double, four runs scored and two RBI
- Added three hits and three runs in the series finale win, while knocking-in two on a double in Friday's opener
- For the week, hit .500 (7-of-14) with eight runs scored, four RBI, two doubles and a walk, while slugging 64.3 percent and reaching base 56.2 percent of the time
Also nominated: Michael Hungate, Oral Roberts; Johnathan Fleek, Western Illinois
Previous honorees: Feb. 20 – Mason Pierzchalski, NDSU; Feb. 27 – Noah Cummings, ORU; March 6 – Ben Petersen, NDSU/Matt Whatley, ORU; March 13 – Dylan Snypes, ORU
RYAN FROOM, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Sr. // RHP // Crystal, Minn.
- Collected his first career Pitcher of the Week honor
- Surrendered just four singles in Saturday's 15-0 win at Omaha
- Tossed all seven innings for a complete-game shutout with five strikeouts and two walks
Also nominated: Jordan Martin, Fort Wayne; Justin McGregor, Oral Roberts; Javin Drake, Western Illinois
Previous honorees: Feb. 20 – Ryan Froom, SDSU; Feb. 27 – Miguel Ausua, ORU; March 6 – Justin McGregor, ORU; March 13 – Josh McMinn, ORU/Luke Lind, NDSU
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