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Baseball Pitcher & Player of the Week

April 17, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Andy Kovarik of Saint Xavier (Ill.) has been named the NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week and teammate Brad Myjak has been tabbed National Baseball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Kovarik and Myjak were selected based on their performances from April 9 - 15 and were chosen out of a poll of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

Kovarik tossed eight innings to earn the victory in the Cougars 9-3 win against NCAA Division I Northwestern (Ill.) on April 10. The Crystal Lake, Ill., native scattered three hits, struck out three and walked four in his longest outing of the season. All three runs allowed by the freshman right-hander were unearned.

On the year, Kovarik is 3-0 with a 2.70 earned run average in six appearances.

Myjak, a Tinley Park, Ill. native, hit .441 with two home runs, three doubles, 13 runs scored and 22 RBIs to lead Saint Xavier to a 5-3 record during the week, including a victory against Northwestern and a sweep of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Trinity International (Ill.). The sophomore left fielder opened the week with a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs in a 2-for-5 effort against the Wildcats. Myjak's home run came in the first inning, which sparked the nine run output by the Cougars. He continued to assert himself as a dominant force in the middle of the Saint Xavier lineup with two additional four RBI games in the Cougar's 27-6 and 18-6 wins against Trinity International on April 11. In weekend action against Purdue North Central (Ind.), Myjak went 5-for-13 (.385) including a four-hit and seven-RBI effort in game one on April 15.

On the season, Myjak ranks 12th nationally with 49 RBIs and currently owns a .309 batting average and .551 slugging percentage. Additionally, he leads the team with six home runs and ranks second in doubles with 13.

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

The next NAIA Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week announcement will be on April 24.

Pitcher Nominees: Rodney McKay, Tougaloo (Miss.); Chad Hardison, Oklahoma Baptist; Lucas Carls, Dordt (Iowa); Ryan Richardson, Campbellsville (Ky.); Josh Dreier, Arizona Christian; Zach Armstrong, Texas at Brownsville; Matt Klein, Park (Mo.); Nick Smart, Jamestown (N.D.); Will Scott, Peru State (Neb.); Devin Stovall, Cumberland (Tenn.); Matt Royal, Kansas Wesleyan; Derek Peluso, Point Park (Pa.); Ian Hamilton, Ashford (Iowa); Josh Culler, Tennessee Wesleyan; Michael Carden, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Adam Miller, South Carolina Beaufort; Taylor Nicholson, College of Idaho; Kyle Barr, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Dustin Phelps, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Partick Yochum, Indiana Southeast; Jack Scheel, Concordia (Mich.); Derek Benny, Fresno Pacific (Calif.).

Player Nominees: Rodney McKay, Tougaloo (Miss.); Chris Cravotta, Thomas (Ga.); Derek Glenn, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Chance Kopacz, Campbellsville (Ky.); Eduardo Fernandez, Wiley (Texas); Mike Greco, Arizona Christian; Derek Wallace, Jamestown (N.D.); Chris Cain, Bethel (Tenn.); Brandon Trodick, Kansas Wesleyan; Chad Kruse, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Ignatius Mackenzie, Indiana Tech; Marlon Leyva, Point Park (Pa.); Damil Reyes, Ashford (Iowa); Dane Phillips, Oklahoma City; Mike Miranda, Shorter (Ga.); Brandon Arnold, Alice Lloyd (Ky.); Kyle Turner, Missouri Baptist; David Kowal, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Tyler Andazola, College of Idaho; Josh Wilson, Reinhardt (Ga.); Joe Garcia, York (Neb.); Justin Repullo, Ave Maria (Fla.); Rhett Goodmiller, Taylor (Ind.); Johnathan Erb, Azusa Pacific (Calif.).

2012 Composite Award Winners (Pitcher; Player)
Week 1: Kris Hall, Lee (Tenn.); Ignatius Mackenzie, Indiana Tech
Week 2: Tyler Garkow, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.); Daniel Hall, Sterling (Kan.)
Week 3: Drew Sain, Davenport (Mich.); Ryne Otis, Taylor (Ind.)
Week 4: Daniel Jones, Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Adam McCormick, Tabor (Kan.)
Week 5: Kemonte Keesee, Bryan (Tenn.); Bryan Lucas, The Master's (Calif.)
Week 6: Andy Kovarik, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Brad Myjak, Saint Xavier (Ill.)