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NAIA Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week

March 28, 2007
By NAIA National Office

March 28, 2007

NAIA Baseball Player of the Week
Oklahoma Baptist
outfielder Josh LaTour is the NAIA Baseball Player of the Week after helping the Bison to an unbeaten record in five games last week. LaTour hit .556 for OBU, driving in 12 runs while belting four home runs.

LaTour got things going with three homers, five RBIs and three runs scored in a 3-for-3 outing against Friends (Kan.), helping the Bison to open the week on the road with a 15-4 win over the Falcons. LaTour followed by driving in one and going 2-for-4 in the second game of the two-game set against Friends, an 8-7 win for OBU.

Oklahoma Baptist then turned to a two-game bout with Hastings (Neb.), and LaTour opened with two runs, a double and three RBIs in a 3-for-3 outing that sparked the Bison to a 12-2 win in game one. LaTour also stole his only base on his only try of the week in the win over Hastings. OBU won game two 16-9 behind a 1-for-3, two-run performance by LaTour that also included his only walk of the week.

LaTour ended his five-game tear with a 1-for-5 outing against Midland Lutheran (Neb.), making his only hit of the game a remarkable one, as he belted a three-run home run to push the Bison to an 18-8 victory. LaTour finished the week with a 1.278 slugging percentage, eight runs, a double and 10 hits in 18 at bats.

Other nominees included: Adrian B. Gonzales, St. Thomas (Fla.); Scott Hodsdon, Azusa Pacific (Calif.); Rob Mondello, Fisher (Mass.); Braidy Vance, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Dave Powell, Benedictine (Kan.); Justin Hart, Union (Ky.); Josh Estep, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Matt Davis, Peru State (Neb.); Buddy Wyrick, Belhaven (miss.); Jose Nunez, Iowa Wesleyan; Ky Kouzmanoff, Hastings (Neb.).

NAIA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
right-handed pitcher Scott Hodsdon has been named NAIA Baseball Pitcher of the Week after earning one save, one win and a three-hit shut-out of nationally ranked Biola (Calif.)

Hodsdon's first action of the week came in relief, tossing one inning and striking out a pair to close the Cougars' 8-2 win over Fresno Pacific (Calif.). The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native then fanned three in the second game of the twin-bill, this time earning a save with two innings pitched in an 8-7 win over FPU.

Hodsdon's first start of the week came on two days rest against nationally ranked Biola, tossing a complete-game, seven-inning shut out while striking out eight and allowing only three batters to reach base and keeping his ERA at 0.00 for the week. The three hits, all singles, all came in the fourth inning before Hodsdon struck out two and induced an inning-ending grounder to the mound to preserve the shut-out.

A total of six batters reached against Hodsdon on the week, as the senior posted 13 strike outs and walked three. Eight of Hodsdon's 13 K's came in the win over Biola, while the remaining five were in relief against Fresno Pacific.

Other nominees included: Nathan Fritz, Milligan (Tenn.); Luis Lara, Fisher (Mass.); Alan Tungate, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Cody Hines, William Penn (Iowa); Rand Thygeson, Mount Marty (S.D.); Luke Holland, Ozarks (Mo.); Ryan Pope, Savannah Art & Design (Ga.); Jose Collazo, Missouri Baptist; Chris Smith, Ohio Dominican; Justin Barrett, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Travis O'Donnell, Huston-Tillotson (Texas).

Championship Information

NAIA Baseball Championship
Sports Rules - Baseball