April 1, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Adkins
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No foolin'! These performances shone brightest in Week Eight
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NCBWA NAMES NAIA NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) Columbia College of Missouri's Chris Wall, Central Baptist College of Arkansas' Shane Stewart, and Kentucky Christian University's Evan Juniper topped many impressive displays across the country as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association honors it Hitter, Pitcher, and Rookie of the Week awardees for March 22-28.

Hitter of the Week: Stewart, a sophomore infielder, hit safely in every game for the Mustangs and batted all over the lineup, including hitting in the cleanup spot of a 15-2 win over William Woods University on March 26 that stopped a potential three-game series sweep. Stewart tallied eight hits, three of which were doubles, drove in six runs, and scored five as part of a whopping .727 batting average.

Pitcher of the Week: Wall, the Cougars' much-ballyhooed right-handed starter, made an impression-plus against Harris-Stowe State University on March 26. The junior tossed a no-hitter at the Hornets. He faced 22 hitters and struck out 16 on a dazzling total of only 98 pitches.

Rookie of the Week: Juniper, holding down the designated hitter role for the Knights, was almost unstoppable. He finished a busy five-game week with 11 hits, including three doubles and three home runs while driving in 16. His monstrous RBI numbers were even more spectacular against Johnson University in a KCU sweep, as he delivered eight of them in one game.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-America awards, publication and writing contests.

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)