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2014 NAIA Baseball Players of the Week No. 6

April 22, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Corey Lathram of William Penn (Iowa) has been named the NAIA Baseball National Pitcher of the Week and Ricky Rodriguez of Sterling (Kan.) has been selected as the NAIA Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Lathram and Rodriguez were chosen based on their performances from April 14 – 20 and were selected out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.

Lathram, a native of Brentwood, Calif., tossed William Penn’s first no-hitter since 2012 in a 2-0 win at Clarke (Iowa) on April 17. In only his second start of the season, the senior hurler struck out seven in seven innings of work, while walking one. Lathram is 4-3 on the season with a 3.48 earned run average. He is second on the team with 34 strikeouts.

Rodriguez, a third baseman from Moreno Valley, Calif., hit .609 (14-for-23), including four home runs, and drove in 11 to help lead Sterling to a 6-0 week that included a four-game sweep of Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference rival McPherson (Kan.) on April 18 – 19. In game two of a doubleheader against NCCAA Manhattan Christian (Kan.), Rodriguez was 4-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs in the 13-0 victory. His best performance against the Bulldogs came in game three when he drove in three, scored twice and had five hits, including a home run.

On the season, Rodriguez leads the Warriors and ranks second nationally in batting average (0.460) and total hits (75).

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

The next NAIA National Baseball Players of the Week will be announced April 29.

Player Nominees: Joseph Stropp, Missouri Baptist; Dusty Davis, Reinhardt (Ga.); Tony Rallo, Judson (Ill.); Tj Landstrand, Huntington (Ind.); Will Barring, Westmont (Calif.); Cody Groskreutz, Northwestern (Iowa); Dustin Porter, Tougaloo (Miss.); Jacob Garrison, Evangel (Mo.); Bruce Yari, British Columbia; Michael DeJesus, Point Park (Pa.); Dustin Bickmeyer, Shawnee State (Ohio); Jose Ruiz, Oklahoma Wesleyan; William Vazquez, William Penn (Iowa); Cole Honl, Valley City State (N.D.); Ridge Gonsoulin, LSU Shreveport (La.); Jonathan Bravo, Texas Wesleyan; Tayler Hardy, Mobile (Ala.); Liam Goodall, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Nick Toth, Lourdes (Ohio).

Pitcher Nominees: Derek Gordon, Park (Mo.); Joe McCarty, St. Andrews (N.C.); Adam Panayotovich, St. Francis (Ill.); Mike Kochheiser, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Keegan Yuhl, Concordia (Calif.); Elliott Engle, Doane (Neb.); Rodney McKay, Tougaloo (Miss.); Adam Burns, Benedictine (Kan.); Conor Lillis-white, British Columbia; Junior Mustain, Tabor (Kan.); Alex Mateo, Point Park (Pa.); Derek Moore, Shawnee State (Ohio); Steve Sarcone, Bellevue (Neb.); Scott Petry, Mayville State (N.D.); Jake Hansen, LSU Shreveport (La.); Tom Bailey, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jay Gause, Faulkner (Ala.); Aaron Kehres, Warner (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)