May 2, 2007
NAIA Baseball Player of the Week
Bethany (Calif.) center fielder J.P. Lapointe is the NAIA Baseball National Player of the Week after batting .739 with four home runs and nine RBIs while helping the Bruins to a 4-2 mark in six games last week.
The Bruins got back on track in game two of the series, as Lapointe went 2-for-3 with four runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases in a dramatic 16-15 win to even the series at 1-1. Bethany scrambled ahead in the series in game three, winning 8-5 behind four runs and two RBIs in a 3-for-3 outing that included a home run and two doubles to go with one stolen base on his only attempt of the game.
Bethany secured the series win a game later, topping Cal State-San Marcos 8-6 while Lapointe again went 3-for-3 with a home run, this time coming up with one double, a walk and two driven in. He also scored a run in the series finale. Lapointe ended the week with a 1.391 slugging percentage, a 4-for-4 mark on the basepath, one walk, three doubles and 17 hits in 23 at bats over six games played.
Other nominees included: David Gilbert, Belhaven (Miss.); David Dennis, Oklahoma City; Gary VanAllen, Madonna (Mich.); Gary Bjorklund, Robert Morris (Ill.); Luis Pimentel, Union (Ky.); Colin Gray, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Thomas Englehardt, Fisher (Mass.); Willie Keene, Avila (Mo.); Troy Richeson, Malone (Ohio); Guy McGriff, Kansas Wesleyan; Mark Thompson, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Cory Hilgenkamp, Nebraska Wesleyan.
NAIA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Oklahoma Baptist right-hander Ronnie Ball is the NAIA Baseball National Pitcher of the Week after striking out 16 in a one-hit complete game win at St. Gregory's (Okla.) last week.
Ball allowed two runs in the game, walking five, pushing his record to 4-6 on the year. In 14 appearances this season, Ball has also carded one save while compiling a 5.40 ERA with 101 strike outs in 61.2 innings pitched.
Ball has allowed opposing hitters a .227 batting average on the season, while only 37 of his 55 runs surrendered on the year have gone earned. His strike-outs-to-walks ratio is 2.3-to-1. Ball also leads the NAIA in strike-outs per nine innings at 14.74.
Other nominees this week included: Levi Curry, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Carson Taysom, Albertson (Idaho); Brandon Daily, California Baptist; Dan Morari, Dickinson State (N.D.); Billy Brazle, Williams Baptist (Ark.); Marty Popham, Union (Ky.); Zach Thompson, Fisher (Mass.); Marcus White, Indiana Tech; Jim Posey, Ozarks (Mo.); Stephen Flake, Southern Poly (Ga.); Justin Vaughan, Saint Francis (Ill.); Ryan Pope, Savannah Art & Design (Ga.).