ELMHURST, Ill. – IUPUI's Eryn Dillon and South Dakota's Madison Frain were named The Summit League's Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week for their performances March 11-17.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Eryn Dillon, IUPUI
So. // C // Monrovia, Ind.
Dillon earns her first career Player of the Week award after leading the Jaguars to a 2-1 record to open league play against South Dakota State. She tallied a pair of multi-hit games in both victories of the three-game series. The sophomore catcher opened the series going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, a RBI and a stolen base. She then went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double in game two . In the series finale, she added another hit and run scored. For the week, Dillon hit .750 (6-for-8) with a .778 on-base percentage and a .875 slugging percentage. The Monrovia, Ind., native also had five runs scored, a double, a RBI and a stolen base.
Also nominated: Katie Cochran, South Dakota; Briana Williams, Western Illinois.
Previous winners: Feb. 11 – Jessica Lam, IUPUI; Feb. 18 – Erika Polidori, OU; Feb. 25 – Liz Broyles, UMKC; March 4 – Brittany Kachur, IPFW & Maritza Lopez-Portillo, NDSU; March 11 – Monica Rondon, WIU.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Madison Frain, South Dakota
Fr. // LHP // Creston, Iowa
Frain garners her first career Pitcher of the Week honor after throwing a complete-game win and allowing no earned runs as a part of the Coyotes' three-game series sweep of Western Illinois. The freshman retired six batters on strikes, marking her eighth game of the season with six or more strikeouts, and gave up three hits in the seven innings. On the weekend, Frain went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, striking out six, while allowing three hits and five walks in seven innings of work. The left-handed hurler has now gone 13-straight innings without giving up an earned run.
Also nominate: Cassie Vodde, IUPUI.
Previous winners: Feb. 11 – Dana Elsasser, UNO; Feb. 18 – Whitney Johnson, NDSU; Feb. 25 – Dana Elsasser, UNO; March 4 – Miranda Kramer, IPFW & Whitney Johnson, NDSU; March 11 – Dana Elsasser, UNO.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 144,000 at nine universities, four of which are located in top 58 U.S. metro populations (Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Omaha). Member institutions include: Fort Wayne (Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), Kansas City (University of Missouri-Kansas City), North Dakota State University, Oakland 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 54 All-Americans, 37 Academic All-America selections and seven NCAA Championships. For more information about the league and its history, visit www.thesummitleague.org to "See The Summit" or follow on Twitter @thesummitleague.