SDSU’s Morse, NDSU’s Sertic and WIU’s Ira Earn Weekly #SummitSB Awards

SDSU’s Morse, NDSU’s Sertic and WIU’s Ira Earn Weekly #SummitSB Awards

ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State catcher Brittney Morse collected her second-career Summit League Player of the Week award, while North Dakota State pitcher Jacquelyn Sertic and Western Illinois pitcher Emily Ira secured the league's Pitcher of the Week titles. The three earned the awards for their performances during the week of April 2 – April 8.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRITTNEY MORSE, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Sr. // C/UT // Houston, Texas

  • Earned her second-career Player of the Week accolade, first of this season
  • Hit .600 with an on-base percentage of .600 and a slugging percentage of .900
  • Recorded eight RBI and hit her sixth home run of the season
  • Had two multi-hit and multi-RBI performances in series against South Dakota
  • Went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the game one win over the Coyotes (5-4)
  • In the rubber match, went 3-for-4 and tallied five RBI to lead the Jacks to a 7-0 win
  • Leads the league in RBI (42) and ranks second in batting average (.402)

Also nominated: Lacey Wilzbacher, Fort Wayne; Montana DeCamp, North Dakota State; Hailey Duwa, Western Illinois

Previous recipients: Feb. 12 – Alyssa Fernandez, South Dakota; Feb. 19 – Alyssa Fernandez, South Dakota; Feb. 26 – Baily Janssen, South Dakota State; March 5 – Jessica Rogers, South Dakota; March 12 – Kelly Pattison, Omaha; March 19 – Jessica Rogers, South Dakota; March 26 – Jessica Rogers, South Dakota; April 2 – Kelsey Marlow, Western Illinois

PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
JACQUELYN SERTIC, NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Sr. // P // Sparks, Nev.

  • Collected her 14th-career Pitcher of the Week honor, fourth this season
  • 14 Pitcher of the Week honors is tied for second-most in league history
  • Went 1-0 in league contest against Omaha
  • Struck out 12 in seven innings pitched with a 1.00 ERA
  • Reached double-figure strikeouts for the 11th time this season, 29th time in her career
  • Leads the league in ERA (1.95), wins (16) and strikeouts (189)

EMILY IRA, WESTERN ILLINOIS
Jr. // P // Iowa City, Iowa

  • Collected her seventh-career Pitcher of the Week honor, second this season
  • Went 2-0 in two complete games against Fort Wayne
  • Struck out 12 in 14 innings pitched with a 1.50 ERA
  • Allowed only six hits and three runs
  • Ranks second in the league in strikeouts (115)

Also nominated: Shaina Eyre, Fort Wayne; Madison Hope, South Dakota State

Previous recipients: Feb. 12 – Bailey Benefiel, Fort Wayne; Feb. 19 – Jacquelyn Sertic, North Dakota State; Feb. 26 – Emily Ira, Western Illinois; March 5 – Jacquelyn Sertic, North Dakota State; March 12 – Madison Hope, South Dakota State; March 19 – Jacquelyn Sertic, North Dakota State; March 26 – Madison Hope, South Dakota State; April 2 – Bailey Benefiel, Fort Wayne


ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 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), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.

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