ST. LOUIS -- Tim Clubb of Missouri State University and Marilyn Buss of Drake University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Clubb and Buss were honored for their performances during the period of May 5-11. 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 Tim (Clubb) and Marilyn (Buss) for their athletic and academic achievements.”
A pitcher for the Missouri State baseball team, Clubb, a sophomore from Eureka, Mo., shut down Middle Tennessee’s nationally ranked offense by fashioning a complete-game, four-hit shutout in a 2-0 triumph at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo., on Friday, May 9.
The MVC Pitcher of the Week, Clubb, who has a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average in advertising and promotions, held the Blue Raiders’ ninth-ranked scoring offense to just four singles, retired the last eight batters of the game and gave Middle Tennessee its first shutout of the season. In the process, he became the first MSU pitcher to start a campaign 9-0 since 2001.
An infielder for the Drake softball team, Buss, a senior from West Des Moines, Iowa, compiled a .333 batting average, as the Bulldogs posted a 3-0 record en route to the 2008 State Farm MVC Softball Tournament title.
An all-tournament team choice, Buss, who has a 3.55 cumulative grade-point average in secondary education, recorded three hits, including a double, three runs batted in and two run scored, as Drake defeated Wichita State (8-4 on May 8), Creighton (3-2 on May 9) and Missouri State (7-2 on May 10).
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.