KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chase Jensen of Oklahoma City has been named the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week and Manny Perdomo of Point Park (Pa.) has been tabbed National Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Jensen and Perdomo were selected based on their performances from April 15 – 21 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated group winners.
Jensen, a native of Arlington, Texas, helped Oklahoma City win three of a four-game series at Wayland Baptist (Texas) April 19—20. He led the Stars with a .667 (10-for-15) batting average that included four home runs, two triples, a double and nine RBI. He racked up 27 total bases and a 1.800 slugging percentage, while adding two steals and walking twice.
In game one, the senior shortstop powered the Stars with two home runs, including the second of back-to-back homers in the seventh to extend the Oklahoma City lead to 11-1. Jensen finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. He concluded the day with a 2-for-3 effort in the nightcap, including a one-out RBI triple down the right field line, before adding his third home run of the series in the top of the third in game three. Jensen’s blast drove in three and gave the Stars a 6-1 advantage. He ended the week just as he started, with three hits, including another home run and a triple.
On the season, Jensen is tied for the team lead with 10 home runs, while ranking second on the squad in RBI (44) and total bases (100).
Perdomo, a junior right-hander, earned his fifth win of the season with a seven-inning, no-hit performance against NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) April 18. The native of Miami, Fla., carried a perfect game into the seventh inning before hitting a batter to start the frame. Perdomo had 10 strikeouts over his seven innings of work.
Perdomo owns a 5-2 record and 1.89 earned run average in 47.2 innings pitched.
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The final NAIA Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week announcement will be on April 30.
Pitcher Nominees: Jason Overton, Bethel (Tenn.); Nathan Falkenstine, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Josh Smetana, West Virginia Tech; Chris Fischer, Science & Arts (Okla.); Dennis Neal, Texas College; Evan Taylor, Viterbo (Wis.); Kyle Kinman, Bellevue (Neb.); Sean Callegari, British Columbia; Manuel Ozoria, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Steven Cazares, Sterling (Kan.); Drew Sain, Davenport (Mich.); Tanner Tripp, Arizona Christian; Zach Smith, Southern Poly (Ga.); Andrew Yanes, Warner (Fla.); Dylan Stockton, Midland (Neb.); Adam Burns, Benedictine (Kan.); Danny Herron, Park (Mo.); John Alford, Tougaloo (Miss.); Tristan Speak, Bryan (Tenn.); Rey Rodriguez, Robert Morris (Ill.) ; Caleb Miller, Taylor (Ind.)
Player Nominees: Daniel Schneider, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Christian Maciel, Evangel (Mo.); Brandon Villeneuve, Jarvis Christian (Texas); Keaton Neeb, Campbellsville (Ky.); Nolan Skowronek, Jamestown (N.D.); Stephen Shorkey, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Marc Culmer, West Virginia Tech; Stephen Shorkey, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Blake Shepherd, Viterbo (Wis.); Tevin Padgett, Waldorf (Iowa); Jeremy Kral, British Columbia; Victor Barron, Madonna (Mich.); Seth Neely, Arizona Christian; Roeman Fields, Bethany (Kan.); Kevin Lindheim, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Jordan Doherty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Lance Kays, Park (Mo.); Marlon Leyva, Point Park (Pa.); Chris Manning, Doane (Neb.); Zack Hebert, Tougaloo (Miss.); Seth Davis, Virginia Intermont; Chris Dykes, Southern Poly (Ga.); Matt Thomas, Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
2013 Composite Award Winners (Pitcher; Player)
Week 1 (March 12): Jeremy Gooding, Madonna (Mich.); Nerio Barreto, Talladega (Ala.)
Week 2 (March 19): Elliott Engle, Doane (Neb.); Brady Steiger, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 3 (March 26): Rey Rodriguez, Robert Morris (Ill.); Justin Moore, Georgetown (Ky.)
Week 4 (April 2): Cole Swanson, Concordia (Calif.); Wigberto Nevarez, Lubbock Christian (Texas)
Week 5 (April 9): Drew Greiwe, Central Methodist (Mo.); Brian Ferrell, Bethel (Tenn.)
Week 6 (April 16): Mike Lachapelle, Arizona Christian; Tyler Brake, Union (Ky.)
Week 7 (April 23): Manny Perdomo, Point Park (Pa.); Chase Jensen, Oklahoma City