KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jonathan Bermudez of Southeastern (Fla.) has been named the NAIA Baseball National Pitcher of the Week and Austin Kuchinski of Central Baptist (Ark.) has been chosen as the Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. The duo was selected for their performances from March 19 – 25 and was picked out of a pool of conference award winners.
Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Jonathan Bermudez, Southeastern (Fla.)
6-2, Jr., P, Coamo, Puerto Rico
• The junior tossed a complete game no-hitter to lead the Fire to a 7-0 victory over Warner (Fla.). Bermudez faced the minimum, striking out 16 of the 27 batters faced to mark his fourth-straight starter with 13-or-more strikeouts.
• Weekly Stats
o 16 strikeouts and one walk.
o Nine innings pitched.
o 9-0 record on the season.
Baseball Player of the Week
Austin Kuchinski, Central Baptist (Ark.)
6-0, Jr., C, Powder Springs, Ga.
• Kuchinski hit six home runs – three in each game – in the final two contests of a three-game series against American Midwest Conference rival Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.).
• One of the junior’s homers was a walk-off grand slam to propel the Mustangs to a 7-6 win in game two of the series.
• Weekly Stats
o Six home runs and 16 RBI.
o .778 batting average (7-of-9).
o Six runs scored.
For the entire national player of the week calendar, click here.
Pitcher Nominees: Tyler Tognarine, Lyon (Ark.); Brandon Marklund, Bryan (Tenn.); Jacob Castillo, Antelope Valley (Calif.); Micah Gunter, Simpson (Calif.); Matt Garbacz, Roosevelt (Ill.); Matt Burleton, Marian (Ind.); Scott Savage, The Master's (Calif.); Dakota Cortese, Midland (Neb.); Axl Parra, Graceland (Iowa); Zach Leblanc, Fisher (Mass.); Brad Smith, British Columbia; Alex Dafoe, Friends (Kan.); Zach Hurley, Cumberlands (Ky.); Dylan Thorp, Bellevue (Neb.); Jordan Hackett, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Sam Wood, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio); Keisy Portorreal, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Trevor Bishop, Bethel (Tenn.); Max Ludka, Aquinas (Mich.).
Player Nominees: Daniel Rodriguez, Reinhardt (Ga.); Andrew Wilson, Marymount California; Thomas Ahlstrom, Simpson (Calif.); Cameron Powell, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Donovan Clark, Huntington (Ind.); Aaron Shackelford, The Master's (Calif.); Christian Meza, Concordia (Neb.); Patrick Gaul, Evangel (Mo.); Jay Kaufman, College of the Ozarks (Mo.); Jaxon Valcke, British Columbia; Jake Sola, York (Neb.); Andrew Ramos, Cumberlands (Ky.); Max Christoff, Presentation (S.D.); Jordan Trahan, LSU Shreveport (La.); Daniel Brescia, Indiana Southeast (Ind.); Kiki Menendez, Texas Wesleyan; Reese Cooley, Faulkner (Ala.); Dan Valerio, Southeastern (Fla.; Blake Maines, University of Northwestern Ohio.
2018 Baseball Composite Award Winners (Pitcher; Player)
Week 1 (March 20): Parker Thode, Grand View (Iowa); Christian Snow, Mobile (Ala.)
Week 2 (March 27): Jonathan Bermudez, Southeastern (Fla.); Austin Kuchinski, Central Baptist (Ark.)