This week’s Missouri college Players of the Week are Skyler Ruszkowski, S&T; Emily Truitt, RU; Trevor Hudgins, NWMSU; and Zach Rutland, PU.
Skyler Ruszkowski, senior, Missouri S&T
The senior scored 3,578 points on her way to winning the GLVC pentathlon championship, just ahead of defending champion and teammate Camille Baker. Ruszkowski had the best performance in the high jump portion of the pentathlon by clearing 5-7¾ and the best shot put with a mark of 38-feet. She also posted the second-best long jump of 17-6¼.
Emily Truitt, senior, Rockhurst
Four triples in a season is more than most batters will ever see. Four triples in a game is almost unbelievable. But that is what Truitt did in a 10-4 win over Northwood on Friday. The senior is is the first NCAA D-II player to ever have four triples in one game, and just the second player at all three NCAA levels to pull this off. Truitt went 4-for-5 in the game, with all four hits being those triples, had four RBI and scored twice.
Trevor Hudgins, freshman, Northwest Missouri
Hudgins helped the Bearcats keep the 27-game winning streak going with a two-game stat line of 19.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in No. 1 Northwest Missouri’s road wins over Central Missouri and Southwest Baptist.
Zach Rutland, senior, Park
The Pirates have won five straight with home wins over Freed-Hardeman and Central Baptist (on Senior Day) this week. Rutland averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a steal per contest as the Pirates wrapped up the American Midwest Conference regular season and will take the No. 2 seed in this week’s postseason tournament.