TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana State sweeps the Missouri Valley Baseball weekly awards. Seth Gergely has been named MVC Player of the Week and Connor Fenlong is the MVC Pitcher of the Week.
The Sycamore duo led ISU to a 3-0 week with a midweek wins No. 4 Vanderbilt and clinched the series win over Southern Illinois with a pair of victories on Saturday and Sunday.
Gergely claims Player of the Week honors for the second time in 2023 after posting a .727 batting average with eight hits over 11 at-bats. For the week, Gergely reached base 12 times over his 16 plate appearances, including five times against Vanderbilt in the midweek 10-2 win over the Commodores.
Gergely went 2-for-3 against Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field with a pair of RBI singles, while drawing two walks and getting hit by a pitch in Tuesday’s midweek win. Back in conference play over the weekend, the Tallmadge, Ohio native recorded a pair of three-hit games, including a two-run home run in the series opener to highlight ISU’s offense.
For the week, Gergely scored three runs and drove in six RBI while posting a 1.000 slugging percentage and an .800 on-base percentage.
Fenlong claims Pitcher of the Week recognition for the first time in 2023 after going the distance in a dominant complete game, one-hit shutout of Southern Illinois on Sunday afternoon. The redshirt senior surrendered just a leadoff infield single in the first inning and did not allow a runner on base after the second on his way to posting his first collegiate shutout.
Fenlong retired the final 15 batters he faced and allowed just four fair balls out of the infield over an 89-pitch outing that resulted in Indiana State’s third shutout of the season.
Fenlong’s one-hit complete game shutout was ISU’s first since Colin Rea posted a similar one-hit CG shutout back in 2011 against Rockhurst. The right-hander limited a Saluki offense that had posted a team .289 batting average on the season to just an infield single and a second inning walk in his team-leading fifth win of the season. He finished the game with four strikeouts.