ST. LOUIS -- Garrett Bayliff of Wichita State and Kelsea Ashton of Southern Illinois have been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Bayliff and Ashton were honored for their performances during the period of April 22-28.
Now in its 14th year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
Garrett Bayliff led the Shockers to their fifth-straight series victory last week. He went 11-for-25 (.440) with two runs, one double, six RBI and three stolen bases in five games for the Shockers. He had a hit in all five games to extend his career-best hitting streak to 15 games. On Tuesday at No. 24 Oklahoma State, he went 1-for-6 with a stolen base. On Wednesday against Oral Roberts, he went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base. In game one at Southern Illinois, he went 2-for-5 with a run and in game two, he went 3-for-6 with an RBI. In the final game of the series, he went 2-for-4 with a run, two RBI, a double, a walk and a stolen base. Bayliff holds a 3.33 grade-point average as an Exercise Science major.
Kelsea Ashton went 6-for-15 from the plate last week with two doubles and two runs scored to help the SIU softball team to a 4-1 record, including a perfect 4-0 mark in league play. The Saluki junior also recorded three sacrifice hits, to bring her team-leading total to seven for the season. She also recorded three putouts and 10 assists from third base for a .929 fielding percentage. Ashton’s efforts helped SIU move from a tie for seventh in the league up into fifth with a chance to move into the top four in the final week of regular season play. She holds a 3.63 grade-point average as a Biological Sciences major.
To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.
Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.