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NAIA Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week

April 11, 2007
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April 11, 2007

NAIA Baseball Player of the Week
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
second baseman Junior Kelley is the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week after helping the nationally ranked Senators to four wins last week, three of which came against Southern States Athletic Conference rival Shorter (Ga.).

Fisher (Mass.) College pitcher Evan Tardugno, NAIA Pitcher of the Week.


Kelley was 10-for-14 at the plate last week to post a .714 batting average while scoring six runs and driving in 11. He also had four doubles and three home runs to go with one walk in 15 plate appearances. Kelley opened the week with a 3-for-4 outing at home against Columbus State, driving in three runs and collecting three doubles to help AUM come away with an 8-6 victory.

The Senators then turned their attention to a three-game series with conference-rival Shorter, opening the series with a 20-1 triumph in which Kelley went 4-for-5 with four runs scored, a double, seven driven in and all three of his home runs for the week.

In the second game of the three-game set, Kelley, a senior from Wahtley, Ala., went 3-for-3 with two runs and a walk while driving in one. The game also marked the 33rd in which Kelley hit safely, breaking the old AUM record streak of 32. Kelley finished the week by ending the streak in an 0-for-2 outing, as AUM topped Shorter 5-4 in the finale.

Other nominees included: Ross Yoder, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Joseph Jennings, Patten (Calif.); Nolan Koehn, Midland Lutheran (Neb.); Casey Oliver, Albertson (Idaho); Chris Lowe, Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.); Mike Parson, Lindenwood (Mo.); Alfredo Torres, Fisher (Mass.); Josh Naylor, Iowa Wesleyan; Jered Stanley, Tennessee Wesleyan; Chris Hardin, Southern Nazarene (Okla.); Joel Bogucki, Friends (Kan.); Mark Davis, Warner Southern (Fla.).

NAIA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Fisher (Mass.)
starting pitcher Evan Tardugno is this week's NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week after firing seven innings of no-hit baseball against Maine-Presque Isle for the second no-hitter in Fisher baseball history.

Tardungo, a junior from Methuen, Mass., gave up no runs and no hits while walking only two in the 10-0 win over UM-Presque Isle, recording 12 strike outs on the way to help Fisher to one of its three wins on the week. Tardungo is now 3-3 on the season in 39.1 innings pitched, boasting an ERA under 3.00 for the year.

Other nominees this week included: Matt Stratton, Northwestern Oklahoma State; Sean Morgan, Spalding (Ky.); Andrew Brock, Albertson (Idaho); Drew Hayes, Bethel (Tenn.); Hector Nelo, St. Thomas (Fla.); Randall Scott, Shawnee State (Ohio); Zane Cascini, Nebraska Wesleyan, Andy Marquie, Iowa Wesleyan; Matt Braumberger, Friends (Kan.); Briggs Bishop, Mobile (Ala.); Kyle Thomas, California Baptist.