NAIA Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week
April 18, 2007
NAIA Baseball Player of the Week
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) third baseman Beau Mills is the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week after helping the top-ranked Warriors to a three-game sweep of Concordia (Ore.) by batting .667 and driving in eight runs in the series.
Mills tied a school record for the second time this season by belting three home runs in game two of the series, becoming the first player to reach the mark twice in a season. He has now also hit safely in 16-straight games and pushed his home run total to 20 on the year.
A junior from Visilia, Calif., Mills opened the week with a 2-for-4 outing that saw both hits go for extra bases. Mills scored a run and drove in three, hitting his first home run of the week in the 10-4 win as well as posting one of his two doubles in the three-game stretch.
Mills went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of walks in game two, helping to push his bases-on-balls total for the week to four free passes in the 9-3 Warrior win. In game three, Mills put together a 1-for-2 day at the plate, scoring twice and posting his second double of the week. Mills also drew a walk in the series finale, a 9-3 win for Lewis-Clark.
Mills finished the week with a 2.222 slugging percentage, going 6-for-9 at the plate with eight RBIs in three games. He also finished with four home runs, two doubles and six runs scored.
Other nominees included: Andrew Van Byssum, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Brandon Riker, Spalding (Ky.); Kerry Gorley, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Thomas Englehardt, Fisher (Mass.); Brian Joynt, Oklahoma City; Coleman Hardie, Loyola (La.); Colin Gray, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Mike Bruno, Geneva (Pa.); Michael Younghanz, Park (Mo.); Jake Roy, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Andy Reilly, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.); Jon Schaible, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Jack Kopacz, Missouri Baptist.
NAIA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) southpaw Matt Mammen is this week's NAIA National Pitcher of the Week after striking out 10 and walking one in a complete-game no-hitter against Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) last week.
Mammen tossed seven innings in the 6-0 win, recording one of the team's four wins in a 4-1 week for the Hornets. With the win, Mammen improved to 2-4 on the season, moving his ERA to 5.95 in 39.1 innings pitched. His 10 fanned batters also moved his strike out total to 46 in 2007.
On the year, Mammen is allowing opposing hitters a .264 batting average while issuing only 13 walks on the year. He has also allowed 43 hits on the season, while 26 of his 36 runs surrendered have gone as earned.
Other nominees this week included: Ronnie Ball, Oklahoma Baptist; Ben Young, Bryan (Tenn.); Alan Tungate, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); John Jolley, Fisher (Mass.); Luis Avila, Dickinson State (N.D.); Jason Roach, Albertson (Idaho); Jordan Roberts, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Luke Holland, Ozarks (Mo.); Jonathan Kountis, Ohio Dominican; Jared Eskew, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.); Larkin Braxton, Belhaven (Miss.); Tim Abbott, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Marc Gillig, Saint Francis (Ind.).