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2014 NAIA Baseball Players of the Week No. 8

May 06, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Brandon Gildea of Westmont (Calif.) has been named the NAIA Baseball National Player of the Week and Michael Melendez of Peru State (Neb.) has been selected as the NAIA Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Gildea and Melendez, who are the final national selections of the 2014 season, were chosen based on their performances from April 28 – May 4 and were selected out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.

Gildea, a senior from Stockton, Calif., posted a .609 (14-of-23) batting average to help lead Westmont to a Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament championship and an automatic berth into the 2014 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. Three of his 14 hits were doubles, including two in a 13-5 win against then-No. 7 San Diego Christian (Calif.) in the tournament finale on May 3. He also recorded five RBIs and two runs scored, as the Warriors survived four elimination games after dropping the tournament opener. Gildea caught 43-of-45 innings in the three-day span.

On the season, Gildea owns a .393 batting average and leads the team with 83 hits.

Melendez, a native of Hollywood, Fla., tied a 32-year old program record with 18 strikeouts in Peru State’s 3-1 win over Evangel (Mo.) at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship on May 2. The senior, who also plays second base when not pitching, allowed only three hits, one earned run and one walk to claim his first complete-game victory of the season. Melendez also went 1-for-3 at the plate in the contest.

On the year, Melendez owns a 4-2 record and 4.10 earned run average in nine appearances.

For a complete listing of national statistical leaders, click here.

Player Nominees: Nick Spagnola, William Woods (Mo.); Matthew Beauchemin, St. Andrews (N.C.); David Kuhne, St. Francis (Ill.); Jake Dickerson, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Michael Sexton, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Jon Needels, Midland (Neb.); Clayton Brandt, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Tyler Enns, British Columbia; Justin Byrd, Cumberland (Tenn.); Joe Mancuso, Bellevue (Neb.); Brandon Potts, Grand View (Iowa); Paul Sitkowski, Jamestown (N.D.); Matt Page, Oklahoma Baptist.

Pitcher Nominees: David Mullins, Missouri Baptist; Max Everingham, St. Andrews (N.C.); Adam Panayotovich, St. Francis (Ill.); Roberto Cediel, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Eddie Rivera, Vanguard (Calif.); Ryan Brasser, Northwestern (Iowa); Conor Lillis-White, British Columbia; Derek Moore, Shawnee State (Ohio); Steve Sarcone, Bellevue (Neb.); Hans Losada, Grand View (Iowa); Jason Shaw, Jamestown (N.D.); Julian Merryweather, Oklahoma Baptist.

2014 Baseball Weekly Honors (Player, Pitcher):
Week 1 (March 18): Dylan Mayes, Park (Mo.); Kyle Kinman, Bellevue (Neb.)
Week 2 (March 25): Kirk Rocha, Tabor (Kan.); Jacob Webb, Tabor (Kan.)
Week 3 (April 1): Brady Anderson, Valley City State (N.D.); Jacob Butler, St. Francis (Ill.)
Week 4 (April 8): Eric Kartman, Taylor (Ind.); Shell McCain, Tennessee Wesleyan
Week 5 (April 15): Kirk Pruitt, Park (Mo.); Emilio Ogando, St. Thomas (Fla.)
Week 6 (April 22): Ricky Rodriguez, Sterling (Kan.); Corey Lathram, William Penn (Iowa)
Week 7 (April 29): Mitch Peschon, Northwestern (Iowa); Chad Ellingson, Presentation (S.D.)
Week 8 (May 6): Brandon Gildea, Westmont (Calif.); Michael Melendez, Peru State (Neb.)