March 18, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Adkins
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No-hitter, newcomer leading program to first sweep since 2013 lead Week Six notations
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NCBWA NAMES NAIA NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) – Rochester University senior Dan Monear, Middle Georgia State junior infielder Justin Brooks, and Doane University outfielder Joe Osborn topped many impressive performances across the country as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association honors it Hitter, Pitcher, and Rookie of the Week awardees for March 8-14.

Hitter of the Week: Brooks lifted the Knights to four straight triumphs against USC-Beaufort and a weekend series versus Talladega. He recorded at least one hit, one double, one run, and one RBI in every game. Brooks’ numbers included driving in three runs, piecing together multiple hits, and scoring multiple runs in three of the four contests.

Pitcher of the Week: Monear didn’t allow Lawrence Tech a hit over seven frames while striking out 12 and being touched for just one unearned run to lead the Warriors to a 10-1 victory on March 13. His stellar effort enabled RU to stop a six-game season-opening skid.

Rookie of the Week: Doane University picked up its second successive award in this category, as Osborn helped lead the Tigers to the program’s first four-game sweep in more than eight seasons. He produced a walk-off hit in game two of the four-game series, drove in the game-winning run in game four, and scored the game-winning run in game three, as DU upended Cornerstone University. Osborn’s weekend outing also included a defensive gem, as he had a diving catch on the warning track to end an inning with the bases loaded.

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2021 NAIA Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 7: Daniel Myers, Benedictine (Hitter); Chris Koeiman, Tennessee Wesleyan (Pitcher); Trevor Ball, Presentation (Rookie)
Week ending Feb. 14: Gary Mattis, Tennessee Wesleyan (Hitter); Benjamin Harris, Brewton-Parker (Pitcher/Rookie)
Week ending Feb. 28: Pedro Nazario, Cumberlands (Hitter); Robert Gonzalez, Tennessee Wesleyan (Pitcher); Carson Ford, Texas Wesleyan (Rookie)
Week ending March 7: Jayden Adams, Concordia, Neb. (Hitter); Eli Jackson, Blue Mountain (Pitcher); Thaniel Thumper, Doane (Rookie)
Week ending March 14: Justin Brooks, Middle Georgia State (Hitter); Dan Monear, Rochester (Hitter); Joe Osborn, Doane (Rookie)
Week ending March 21: Zachary Presnall, Mobile (Hitter); Antonio Frias, Faulkner (Pitcher); Stephen Still, Loyola (Rookie)
Week ending March 28: Shane Stewart, Central Baptist (Hitter); Chris Wall, Columbia College (Pitcher); Evan Juniper, Kentucky Christian (Rookie)
Week ending April 4: Justice Lucas, Faulkner (Hitter); Garrett Martin, Middle Georgia State (Pitcher); Tucker Musgrove, Mobile (Rookie)
Week ending April 11: Aaron Saal, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Hitter); Jared Davis, Texas A&M-Texarkana (Pitcher); Hayden Sullivan, Ava Maria (Rookie)