DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association announces its Hitter, Pitcher, and Rookie of
the Week awardees for April 12-18.
Hitter of the Week: Senior infielder Josh Sears
of Freed-Hardeman represented the dish diamonds for the weekly awards.
He had a week to remember for the Lions, which helped FHU go over
the .500 mark. Sears turned in a combined 10-for-15 effort in a
series vs. Cumberland and the lone contest against Lindsey Wilson
with five home runs and 14 RBI. His home run in game two against
Cumberland was a three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning
that gave the Lions the lead and would end up being the game-winner.
Pitcher of the Week: Aquinas College junior
Travis Keys was spot on in a Saints win over Lawrence Tech University.
The southpaw tossed a three-hit shutout with 16 K's in the April
13 contest, setting a new school record for strikeouts in a game
and finishing one short of tying the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic
Conference record of 17. He added three more opponent whiffs in
a relief appearance four days later.
Rookie of the Week: The Sand Sharks Blaize
Minick registered a collegiate career K high in an April 17 victory
over Ave Maria. He struck out 10 Gyrenes in the complete-game outing.
Minick proved highly efficient, too, as five innings he worked on
were three-up, three-down variety.
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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); Travis Keys, Aquinas College (Pitcher); Hayden Sullivan, Ava Maria (Rookie)
Week ending April 18: Josh Sears, Freed-Hardeman (Hitter); Jared Davis, Texas A&M-Texarkana (Pitcher); Blaize Minick, South Carolina-Beaufort (Rookie)
Week ending April 25: Adrian Reed, Madonna (Hitter); Benjamin Harris, Brewton-Parker (Pitcher/Rookie)