Former Adrian Dragon Jordon Kontz named NSIC Player of the Week

Southwest Minnesota State University senior infielder and former Adrian Dragon Jordon Kontz has been named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week for his performance in helping SMSU earn five victories last week.

A native of Lismore, Kontz led SMSU to a 5-1 record during the week and helped the Mustangs clinch a spot in the NSIC tournament for the first time since 2010.

Kontz batted .600 (12 for 20) with three doubles, a home run, nine RBIs, eight runs scored, an on-base percentage of .680 and a slugging percentage of .900. He was hit by three pitches and walked twice, while striking out just twice. He also recorded a team-high 18 assists and had 10 putouts playing both third base and second base. He had at least one hit in all six games, including three in two games and two hits in two other games to help SMSU sweep a doubleheader from Bemidji State and take three of four games from Northern State.

Kontz is batting .364 on the season with seven doubles and two home runs and 28 RBIs and leads the club in on-base percentage at .439. He has played in 151 career games batting .323 with 16 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 88 runs scored and 72 RBIs.

A 2009 graduate of Adrian High School, Kontz is the fourth SMSU player to be honored by the NSIC this season. Jon Ellis (Feb. 18) and Patrick Rients (April 14) were also named NSIC Players of the Week, while Joe Axelson was named NSIC Pitcher of the Week (March 17).

Southwest Minnesota State ended the regular season 26-21 overall and finished seventh in the 15-team NSIC with a record of 17-14. SMSU will open the NSIC tournament on Wednesday as the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 Augustana at Ronken Field in Sioux Falls with first pitch at 3:00pm

Information for this story was provided by the Southwest Minnesota State University website at smsumustangs.com

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