April 25, 2007
NAIA Baseball Player of the Week
Lee (Tenn.) shortstop Lance Zawadzki is the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week after batting .733 with six runs batted in and eight runs scored in a 5-0 week for the Flames.
The week began with a two-game home set against Bryan (Tenn.), as Zawadzki went 3-for-3 in the opener, driving in three while drawing a walk and posting a double. Zawadzki also scored three runs in the first game against Bryan, a 9-1 win for the Flames. In game two, Zawadzki helped Lee to a 12-8 win with a 3-for-4 outing, scoring once and stealing a base in his only attempt of the game.
Following the Bryan doubleheader, the Flames entered a three-game set with Brewton-Parker (Ga.), sweeping the series, beginning with a 2-1 win in the opening game. Zawadzki went 2-for-3 in the opener, scoring a run with a stolen base to his credit. In game two, Zawadzki scored twice in a 1-for-2 outing, also drawing two walks in a 10-6 Lee win.
Coming into the series Zawadzki had already broken the single-season doubles record at Lee, and on the week, his 11 hits in 15 at bats pushed his single-season hit total to 92, breaking the Flames' record for base hits in a season.
Other nominees included: Matt Burpee, Dakota State (S.D.); Spencer Selby, Southern Nazarene (Okla.); Matthew Blanton, Thomas (Ga.); Mark Abell, Indiana-Southeast; Travis McConnnell, Lindenwood (Mo.); Scott Flannery, St. Joseph (Vt.); Courtney Propst, Cumberland (Tenn.); Josh Estep, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Seth Beason, Friends (Kan.); Paul Martin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Kyle Heatherington, Grand View (Iowa); Brice Cutspec, Azusa Pacific (Calif.).
NAIA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Montreat (N.C.) lefty Jason Adkins has been named NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week after helping Montreat to a 5-1 record last week with a pair of wins in seven-inning outings.
Adkins' first appearance came at Covenant (Ga.), where the senior from Jacksonville, N.C., had a no-hitter in tact until the seventh inning, holding Covenant scoreless with 12 strike outs and one hit surrendered while offering one free pass in the 4-0 Montreat victory.
In his second appearance of the week, Adkins beat nationally ranked Union (Ky.), giving up six hits and one run while striking out eight and walking one. With the win, Adkins pushed his record to 2-0 on the week and ran his 14-inning strike out total to 20.
On the year, Adkins is 8-3 with a 2.83 ERA, making 11 appearances with 70.0 innings pitched and 88 strike outs. His strike-outs-to-walks ratio is nearly 7-to-1, and on the season, Adkins has given up 59 hits and a .223 opponent batting average.
Other nominees included: Dustin Ottens, Dakota State (S.D.); Nick Love, Bellevue (Neb.); Thomas Royals, Belhaven (Miss.); Ben Langridge, Oklahoma City; Dale Kestner, West Virginia Tech; Matt Koblens, Ohio Domincan; Pat Holland, Fisher (Mass.); Taylor Cameron, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.); Brandon Daudt, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Brandon Wolf, Grand View (Iowa); Mike Miller, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Hector Nelo, St. Thomas (Fla.).