ST. LOUIS -- Ashly Bright of Wichita State University and Tim Clubb of Missouri State University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Bright and Clubb were honored for their performances during the period of April 21-27. Now in its ninth year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies. On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
“Our continued corporate partnership with Prairie Farms provides an important vehicle by which to recognize our top student-athletes,” said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 20th year with The Valley. “Our student-athletes are our most visible representatives, and we’re happy to honor Ashly (Bright) and Tim (Clubb) for their athletic and academic achievements.”
A pitcher for the Wichita State softball team, Bright, a senior from Oklahoma City, Okla., became just the third hurler in MVC history to record 300 strikeouts in a season while posting a 2-0 slate in the circle and a 0.75 earned-run average on April 26-27. Bright, who has 342 strikeouts in 2008, needs just 23 more to pass Southern Illinois’ Erin Stremsterfer’s league-record mark of 364, set in 2001.
The MVC Pitcher of the Week, Bright, who has a 3.15 cumulative grade-point average in elementary education, gave up just 10 hits in two complete-game performances and a relief stint versus Northern Iowa, including a 2-0 victory in game one of the series. She struck out 14 -- one shy of her own school record -- in that contest and finished the weekend with 29 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched.
A pitcher for the Missouri State baseball team, Clubb, a sophomore from Eureka, Mo., upped his 2008 record to 7-0 by tossing seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball against Illinois State on Friday, April 25, in a 4-1 triumph at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.
The MVC Pitcher of the Week, Clubb, who has a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average in advertising and promotions, retired the first 12 Redbirds he faced before allowing a walk and double to begin the fifth. He finished the game with 10 strikeouts and became the first MSU pitcher to win his first seven decisions of a campaign since reliever Andrew Jefferson in 2002.
To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.