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2014 NAIA Baseball Players of the Week No. 7

April 29, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chad Ellingson of Presentation (S.D.) has been named the NAIA Baseball National Pitcher of the Week and Mitch Peschon of Northwestern (Iowa) has been selected as the NAIA Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Ellingson and Peschon were chosen based on their performances from April 21 – 27 and were selected out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.

Ellingson, a senior from Aberdeen, S.D., threw 15 scoreless innings to set Presentation’s single-game innings pitched record and lead the Saints to a 1-0 win over Dakota State (S.D.) on April 26. He also established a new program standard for pitches thrown in a single game with 179. Ellingson scattered five hits, while striking out eight and walking none. In addition to being a school record, the innings pitched total is the most by an NAIA pitcher this season.

Peschon, a native of Lake, Iowa, hit .625 (10-for-16), including seven extra base hits (four doubles and three home runs), to help lead the Red Raiders to a 5-0 week that included a pair of doubleheader sweeps of Great Plains Athletic Conference rivals Morningside (Iowa) (April 24) and Dordt (Iowa) (April 26). The junior outfielder also recorded nine RBIs, nine runs scored, six walks and two stolen bases. Peschon reached base at least once in every game, including a 3-for-3 effort, highlighted by a double and home run, against Dakota State (S.D.) on April 21.

On the season, Peschon is second in the NAIA with 13 home runs and fifth in slugging percentage at .769.

For a complete listing of national statistical leaders, click here.

The final NAIA National Baseball Players of the Week will be announced May 6.

Player Nominees: Josh Fuentes, Missouri Baptist; Grant Zawadzki, Bryan (Tenn.); Rick Faron, St. Francis (Ill.); Geoff Bowers, Saint Francis (Ind.); Jake Shirley, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Taylor Eichhorst, San Diego Christian (Calif.); Riki Vasquez, Tougaloo (Miss.); Derrick Davis, Peru State (Neb.); Kevin Seeger, Tabor (Kan.); Tom Birko, Point Park (Pa.); Martin Lemus, Georgetown (Ky.); Jose Ruiz, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Kyle Mauricio, William Penn (Iowa); Erik Peterson, Jamestown (N.D.); Connor Mcmullin, LSU Shreveport (La.); Ryan Wescott, Science & Arts (Okla.); Mike Parker, Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Chris Fahey, Northwood (Fla.); Jacob Dunnichay, Indiana Tech.

Pitcher Nominees: James Ball, William Woods (Mo.); Dakotah Thomas, Montreat (N.C.); A.j. Bruner, Trinity International (Ill.); Bryan Beachy, Indiana Wesleyan; Ty Jackson, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Marshall McKinnon, Vanguard (Calif.); Brandon Stennis, Doane (Neb.); Bryan Lopez, Talladega (Ala.); Nick Kevlin, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Clayton Cozzitorto, Bethany (Kan.); Alex Mateo, Point Park (Pa.); John Werner, St. Catharine (Ky.); Kyle Kinman, Bellevue (Neb.); Evan Taylor, Viterbo (Wis.); David Diaz, LSU Shreveport (La.); Brad Wieck, Oklahoma City; Kory Brooker, Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Alex Perez, St. Thomas (Fla.); Corey Murphy, Davenport (Mich.).

2014 Baseball Weekly Honors (Player, Pitcher):
Week 1 (March 18): Dylan Mayes, Park (Mo.); Kyle Kinman, Bellevue (Neb.)
Week 2 (March 25): Kirk Rocha, Tabor (Kan.); Jacob Webb, Tabor (Kan.)
Week 3 (April 1): Brady Anderson, Valley City State (N.D.); Jacob Butler, St. Francis (Ill.)
Week 4 (April 8): Eric Kartman, Taylor (Ind.); Shell McCain, Tennessee Wesleyan
Week 5 (April 15): Kirk Pruitt, Park (Mo.); Emilio Ogando, St. Thomas (Fla.)
Week 6 (April 22): Ricky Rodriguez, Sterling (Kan.); Corey Lathram, William Penn (Iowa)
Week 7 (April 29): Mitch Peschon, Northwestern (Iowa); Chad Ellingson, Presentation (S.D.)