Zimmerman and Zhang were honored for their performances during the period of February 10-16.
Now in its 15th year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
Zimmerman, a sophomore catcher from Stillwater, Okla., helped the Shockers to a 3-0 weekend with a sweep over SIUE. Zimmerman went 6-for-12 (.500) with three runs, three doubles, two RBI, a walk and a hit by pitch. He also had a perfect fielding percentage in 35 total chances behind the plate. He also threw out a runner trying to steal second. He caught every inning of all three games and helped guide the pitching staff to a 0.67 ERA on the weekend.
The staff allowed just 17 hits in 27 innings pitched with seven walks and 32 strikeouts. In game one against SIUE, he went 1-for-4 with a run and in game two he went 1-for-3. In the finale against the Cougars, he went 4-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and three doubles. The four hits and three doubles were both career-highs. Zimmerman holds a 3.86 grade-point average in exercise 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.