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ORU's Ausua, SDSU's Morse Earn April Athlete of the Month Honors

ORU's Ausua, SDSU's Morse Earn April Athlete of the Month Honors

ELMHURST, Ill. – The Summit League has selected Oral Roberts baseball player Miguel Ausua (Penuelas, Puerto Rico) as the Male Athlete of the Month and South Dakota State softball player Brittney Morse (Houston, Texas) as the Female Athlete of the Month for April.


Ausua earns his second career Athlete of the Month honor after producing a 4-0 record as a starting pitcher for the Golden Eagles. The senior begin the month with a five-hit, six-strikeout performance over six innings at Western Illinois April 7. He followed that with a one-hit gem against Fort Wayne (April 14) over seven innings with six strikeouts finishing one pitch away from a no-hitter. Ausua added wins over South Dakota State (April 20) and his second over Western Illinois (April 28) during the month. A two-time Pitcher of the Week in April, the Puerto Rico native did not allow more than one earned run in any of his four starts while holding his opponents to just a .181 batting average. During the month, Ausua had a 1.33 ERA with 22 strikeouts and allowed just one extra base hit (double). He leads The Summit League with eight wins on the year and is second with a 2.87 ERA.


Morse collects her first career Athlete of the Month award after guiding South Dakota State to a 10-3 record and 8-3 mark against league competition. The senior went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in the April 7 win over in-state rival South Dakota and followed that with a homer in the next two games against North Dakota State. She added three more hits and RBI in the first game of an April 28 doubleheader at Western Illinois, while belting two home runs with three RBI in game two of a twinbill against Dakota State. The league's April 9 Player of the Week, Morse batted .500 (22-for-44) during the month with a .955 slugging percentage and .532 on-base percentage (1.487 OPS). She drove-in 22 runs, scored seven times, had three homers and a pair of doubles with three walks and just one strikeout.


Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Jesse Ruder-Hook, Denver, tennis; Zach Schroeder, Fort Wayne, golf; Chris Nilsen, South Dakota, track & field


Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Sophie Newlove, Denver, golf; Shaina Eyre, Fort Wayne, softball; Mercy Abire, Oral Roberts, track & field; Helen Falda, South Dakota, track & field


2017-18 Athletes of the Month


Month                         Male, School, Sport                                           Female, School, Sport

August/September        Elvir Ibisevic, Omaha, soccer                               Laura Milos, Oral Roberts, volleyball

October                       Andre Shinyashiki, Denver, soccer                       Maggie Smither, South Dakota State, soccer 

November                    Mike Daum, South Dakota State, basketball          Laura Milos, Oral Roberts, volleyball

December                     Mike Daum, South Dakota State, basketball          Emily Clemens, Western Illinois, basketball

January                       Chris Nilsen, South Dakota, track & field              Macy Miller, South Dakota State, basketball                                    

February                      Mike Daum, South Dakota State, basketball          Shanice Cannigan, South Dakota, track & field                                 

March                          Chris Nilsen, South Dakota, track & field              Alyssa Olin, North Dakota State, track & field

April                            Miguel Ausua, Oral Roberts, baseball                   Brittney Morse, South Dakota State, softball


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