KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kemonte Keesee of Bryan (Tenn.) has been named the NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week and Bryan Lucas of The Master's (Calif.) has been tabbed National Baseball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Keesee and Lucas were selected based on their performances from April 2 - 8 and were chosen out of a poll of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Keesee, a native of Nashville, Tenn., tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the Lions to a complete game, 12-0, victory against then-No. 15 Southern Poly (Ga.) on April 3. The senior right-hander allowed only one hit and struck out five in his longest outing of the season. With the victory, Keesee improves to 5-1 on the season and lowers his earned run average to 5.48.
Last week, Lucas hit .625 (5-for-8) with seven RBIs, three runs scored, two home runs and one double to lead the Mustangs to a 3-0 record, including a 5-3 victory against then-No. 5 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) on April 2. The junior catcher highlighted the week with a grand slam to give The Master's an 8-2 lead in the fifth inning of game two of the Mustang's April 5 doubleheader against then-No. 25 Cal State San Marcos. He finished the contest with a season-high five RBIs. In game one against Cal State San Marcos, the Newhall, Calif. native led the team with a season-best three hits and two RBIs.
On the season, Lucas paces the team with seven home runs and is tied for the team lead with 30 RBIs. Additionally, he owns a .311 batting average and .545 slugging percentage.
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The next NAIA Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week announcement will be on April 17.
Pitcher Nominees: Josh Dreier, Arizona Christian; Drew Greiwe, Central Methodist (Mo.); Paul Roers, Jamestown (N.D.); Jared Mortensen, LSU Shreveport (La.); Ryan Crosby, UVa-Wise; Gary Ward, Bethel (Tenn.); Grant Mason, Bellevue (Neb.); Michael Heesch, South Carolina Beaufort; Kye Wilson, William Carey (Miss.); Ryan Baker, Taylor (Ind.); Abraham Carrasco, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Brian Kowal, Tabor (Kan.); Nathan Spohn, Point Park (Pa.); Ben Dorman, Missouri Baptist; Ethan Opsahl, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Drew Evans, Indiana Southeast; Larsen Kohler, Concordia (Ore.); Josh Deeg, Madonna (Mich.); Brandon Bargas, Rogers State (Okla.); Michael Finnigan, Azusa Pacific (Calif.); Adam Panayotovich, St. Francis (Ill.); Anthony Armanino, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).
Player Nominees: Max Boe, Jamestown (N.D.); Trevor Buford, Mid-Continent (Ky.); Cory Lehman, Siena Heights (Mich.); Art Corona, Tabor (Kan.); Brian King, UVa-Wise; Dane Carlson, Grand View (Iowa); Joel Horton, Texas Wesleyan; Dusty Kerns, Bellevue (Neb.); A.j. Staiert, Morningside (Iowa); Cameron Luitwieler, Avila (Mo.); Izaac Garsez, College of Idaho; Rob Novia, Point Park (Pa.); Camilo Baldelomar, Northwestern Oklahoma State; Victor Madrazo, St. Thomas (Fla.); Cody Cobb, Park (Mo.); Bill Miller, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Shane Turner, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Mychal Harris, Indiana Southeast; Josh Roberts, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Zac Goodyear, Bluefield (Va.); Braxton Miller, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).
2012 Composite Award Winners (Pitcher; Player)
Week 1: Kris Hall, Lee (Tenn.); Ignatius Mackenzie, Indiana Tech
Week 2: Tyler Garkow, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.); Daniel Hall, Sterling (Kan.)
Week 3: Drew Sain, Davenport (Mich.); Ryne Otis, Taylor (Ind.)
Week 4: Daniel Jones, Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Adam McCormick, Tabor (Kan.)
Week 5: Kemonte Keesee, Bryan (Tenn.); Bryan Lucas, The Master's (Calif.)