2014 NAIA Baseball Players of the Week – No. 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kirk Rocha of Tabor (Kan.) has been named the NAIA Baseball National Player of the Week and teammate Jacob Webb has been selected as the National Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Rocha and Webb were chosen based on their performances from March 17 – 23 and were selected out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners. The duo is the first set of teammates to sweep the award since Andy Kovarik and Brad Myjak of Saint Xavier (Ill.) in 2012.
Rocha, a native of Modesto, Calif., ended the week 15-for-23 (.652) at the dish, including three doubles and a home run to lead Tabor to a pair of sweeps against Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference foes Saint Mary (Kan.) and Ottawa (Kan.). The senior centerfielder also tallied 11 runs scored, 11 RBI and five stolen bases. Rocha drove in at least one run in all six games, including a week-high three in an 18-0 win against the Spires on March 17 and in a 7-1 victory against Ottawa on March 22. His home run – a solo shot – came with one out in the top of the sixth inning against the Braves on March 20.
On the year, Rocha leads the NAIA with a .515 batting average, while ranking fourth in total hits (51) and fifth in total bases (79) and runs scored (36).
Webb, a sophomore from Riverside, Calif., allowed only one run and eight hits, while striking out 29, in 14 innings of work last week. In an 18-0 win against Saint Mary, Webb pitched seven innings of shutout baseball with 14 strikeouts en route to the win. He then followed that performance with another seven-inning victory against Ottawa. Webb struck out 15 Braves, while allowing four hits and two walks in the appearance.
Webb is sixth in the NAIA in total strikeouts (64) and leads the team with a 1.10 earned run average.
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next NAIA National Baseball Players of the Week will be announced April 1.
Pitcher Nominees: Michael Yarborough, Missouri Baptist; Lj Rowden, Bryan (Tenn.); Kyer Vega, Menlo (Calif.); Jordan Gard, Holy Cross (Ind.); Lucas Daugherty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Andrew Brooks, Concordia (Calif.); Dillon Cotner, Midland (Neb.); Rodney Mckay, Tougaloo (Miss.); Chris Borst, Graceland (Iowa); Conor Lillis-white, British Columbia; Josh Smetana, West Virginia Tech; Joe Phelps, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Orlando Quiroga, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Andrew Shoulders, Brescia (Ky.); Andrew Nelson, St. Catharine (Ky.); Zane Howard, Central Christian (Kan.); Kyle Maldonado, William Penn (Iowa); Aaron Dick, Mayville State (N.D.); Jonathan Burnett, LSU Shreveport (La.); Jordan Morales, Oklahoma Baptist; Blake Beavers, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Stetson Nelson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Jordan Anderson, Davenport (Mich.).
Player Nominees: Nick Spagnola, William Woods (Mo.); Grant Zawadzki, Bryan (Tenn.); Daniel Comstock, Menlo (Calif.); Matt Scott, St. Francis (Ill.); Austin York, Taylor (Ind.); Steven Pollex, Westmont (Calif.); Dylan Steyer, Midland (Neb.); Enmanuel Frias, Tougaloo (Miss.); Jordan Eckley, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Ryan Suescun, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Austin Lucas, West Virginia Tech; Kevin Biro, British Columbia; Blake Crowe, Berea (Ky.); Sam Lind, Cumberland (Tenn.); Nate Mullins, Bellevue (Neb.); Stan Simmons, William Penn (Iowa); Brady Anderson, Valley City State (N.D.); Ridge Gonsoulin, LSU Shreveport (La.); Jacob Ratliff, St. Gregory's (Okla.); Blake Bearden, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Kyle Chastain, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Chandler Sidwell, Concordia (Mich.).
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.)