ST. LOUIS -- Sam Perez of Missouri State University and Kristen Busch of Bradley University have been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Perez and Busch were honored for their performances during the period of March 24-30.
Sam Perez came up big for Missouri State in a pair of relief appearances this past week, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out nine and walking none over 11.1 innings to earn his first two collegiate victories. The right-hander worked a career-long 8 1/3 innings to earn his first win as a Bear Wednesday vs. Arkansas State before topping off MSU’s MVC series win over Southern Illinois with three shutout innings to notch a second victory.
After entering Wednesday’s game in the first inning, the Branson, Mo., product allowed just two hits over the next seven frames, including a stretch in which he retired 10 ASU hitters in a row. He would keep ASU off the scoreboard until a one-out double in the ninth before locking down the 5-4 victory by inducing a pair of ground balls. In MSU’s 6-5 win over SIU Sunday, Perez picked up right where he left off against ASU, yielding just two singles while fanning three Salukis in 3.0 scoreless frames to help set the stage for MSU’s first walk-off win of the season in the bottom of the 10th inning. Perez was named to the 2013 MVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and maintains a 3.24 GPA.
Kristen Busch won the 3,000 meters at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Saturday, breaking Mary Ellen Hill’s 1998 school record in the process. Busch improved her career-best time by nearly 18 seconds and topped former All-American and Bradley Hall of Fame member Mary Ellen Hill’s previous school record of 9:40.11 by almost four seconds with a time of 9:36.62. She holds a 3.39 grade-point average and majors in health science.
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.