By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Daniel Jones of Brewton-Parker (Ga.) has been named the NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week and Adam McCormick of Tabor (Kan.) has been tabbed National Baseball Player of the Week, the national office announced on Tuesday. Jones and McCormick were selected based on their performances from March 26 - April 1 and were chosen out of a poll of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Jones, a native of Daytona, Fla., notched his third win in his last four appearances with a no-hit, complete-game win against Shoter (Ga.) on March 30. He ended the contest with seven strikeouts in seven innings, while walking none. With the performance, Jones ends the month of March with a 1.88 earned run average, allowing only eight runs in 38.1 innings. He also struck out 25 and walked only nine during the stretch.
On the season, Jones leads the team with 64.0 innings pitched and is second on the squad with a 2.67 earned run average (min. 10 innings). He owns a 5-3 record in 10 appearances.
McCormick, a native of Pittsburg, Kan., hit .577 with five doubles, three home runs, eight runs scored and 16 RBIs to lead Tabor to a 7-1 record for the week, including a four-game sweep of Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference foe McPherson (Kan.). The senior went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and a season-high six RBIs in the Blue Jays 21-2 win against the Bulldogs on March 26. In game two of Tabor's four-game series with Saint Mary (Kan.), McCormick used a 3-for-3 effort - including a double and home run - to drive in four of Tabor's five runs en route to the 5-3 win against the Spires.
On the year, McCormick ranks second nationally with a .519 batting average, while also ranking amongst the top-25 in the NAIA in slugging percentage (.840) and runs batted in per game (1.18). He owns hits in 23-of-30 games this season, including 12 multi-hit performances.
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next NAIA Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week announcement will be on April 10.
Pitcher Nominees: Josh Trejo, Bellevue (Neb.); Jacob Loucks, Ottawa (Kan.); Victor Lopez, Wiley (Texas); Tyler Richardson, Brescia (Ky.); Tanner Hamilton, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Jason Snodgrass, Concordia (Ore.); Carlos Ditren, Fisher (Mass.); Wesley Hardy, Jamestown (N.D.); Brandon Alger, Indiana Tech; Martin Martinez, Graceland (Iowa); Justin Brown, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Chris Fern, Union (Ky.); Abraham Carrasco, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Adam Brush, William Woods (Mo.); Daniel Eaton, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Will Irvin, Union (Tenn.); Lester Lugo, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Michael Hodges, Concordia (Neb.); Chad Richie, Georgetown (Ky.); Charlie Gillies, The Master's (Calif.); Craig Lipp, Judson (Ill.); James Dykstra, Cal State San Marcos.
Player Nominees: Ethan Schroeder, Doane (Neb.); Travis Molina, Arizona Christian; Tanner Moore, Bellevue (Neb.); Justin Barnes, Texas Wesleyan; Nathan Jones, Evangel (Mo.); Roger Glaude, Lyon (Ark.); Matt Jones, Shawnee State (Ohio); Andrew Thibodeaux, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Carlos Ruiz, Missouri Baptist; Jason Hershfield, Dakota State (S.D.); Max Boe, Jamestown (N.D.); Micah Loegering, Grand View (Iowa); Jamie Bruno, Belhaven (Miss.); Ian Nielsen, Taylor (Ind.); Greg Smith, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Phil Navatsyk, Point Park (Pa.); Danny Olszowy, Asbury (Ky.); Jared Coon, Science & Arts (Okla.); Jeffrey Harris, College of Idaho; Jordan Leyland, Azusa Pacific (Calif.); David Kuhne, St. Francis (Ill.); Kyle Kolat, Milligan (Tenn.); Dan Harder, Madonna (Mich.); Joey Kampfer, Thomas (Ga.); Trent Jemmett, Cal State San Marcos.
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.)