2019 NAIA Baseball Players of the Week (April 16, 2019)

2019 NAIA Baseball Players of the Week (April 16, 2019)

Kansas City, Mo. – Bryce Morison of Westmont (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week and Craig Barton of Truett McConnell (Ga.) has been named the NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. The pair were honored for their performances from April 8 – 14 and were selected out of a pool of conference award winners.


Pitcher Player of the Week

Craig Barton, Truett McConnell (Ga.)

So., Chauncey, Ga.

  • Broke the school record for strikeouts in a game with 15 against St. Andrews (N.C.)
  • Weekly Stats:
    • Complete game shutout
    • Two hits allowed


Player of the Week

Bryce Morison, Westmont (Calif.)

Sr., OF, Santa Barbara, Calif.

  • Led the Warriors in a sweep of then-No. 23 The Master’s (Calif.) with his offense and defense after a run-saving catch in center field and gunning-down a runner at the plate.
  • Weekly Stats:
    • .583 average, 1.750 slugging
    • 11 R.B.I.
    • Four home runs

Pitcher Nominees:
Camron Shipley, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) ; Andrew Cisneros, Simpson (Calif.) ; Matt Garbacz, Roosevelt (Ill.) ; Jaret Rose, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) ; Dominic Potlongo, Hope International (Calif.) ; Jason Munsch, Concordia (Neb.) ; Mason Schwellenbach, Central Methodist (Mo.) ; Kyle Rappold, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.) ; Spencer Jones, York (Neb.) ; Bryan Torres, Georgetown (Ky.) ; Phillip Almanza, Valley City State (N.D.) ; Cole Connolly, Texas A&M Texarkana ; Will Mcdonald, Asbury (Ky.) ; Colton Williams, Science & Arts (Okla.) ; Michael Toscano, Loyola (La.) ; Jason Graña, St. Thomas (Fla.) ; Andres Medina, University of Northwestern Ohio

Player Nominees: Alan West, Lyon (Ark.) ; Tyler Reichenborn, Tennessee Wesleyan ; Damien Chavez, Simpson (Calif.) ; Josh Ebert, Corban (Ore.) ; Matt Bunetta, Saint Xavier (Ill.) ; Caleb Eder, Indiana Wesleyan ; Colton Harold, Northwestern (Iowa) ; Austin Watamaniuk, Benedictine (Kan.) ; Jay Kaufman, College of the Ozarks (Mo.) ; Tyler Horchem, Bethany (Kan.) ; Bryan Benz, Cumberlands (Ky.) ; Alejandro Gonzalez, Waldorf (Iowa) ; Khalyd Cox, Texas College ; Dylan Shockley, Rio Grande (Ohio) ; Diego Pichardo, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) ; Hayden Tapper, Blue Mountain (Miss.) ; Ezequias Encarnacion, Keiser (Fla.) ; Sean Fannon, Lawrence Tech (Mich.)

2018-19 Baseball Composite Award Winners (Pitcher, Player)

Week 1 (March 20): Alec Myers, William Penn (Iowa), Taylor Fajardo, LSU Shreveport (La.)

Week 2 (March 27): Philip Sieli, Tennessee Wesleyan, Jacob Freeland, Faulkner (Ala.)

Week 3 (April 03): Conyal Cody, Sterling (Kan.), Will Law, William Jessup (Calif.)

Week 4 (April 10): Josh Ray, Missouri Baptist, Alex Sanchez, Science & Arts (Okla.)

Week 5 (April 17): Craig Barton, Truett McConnell (Ga.), Bryce Morison, Westmont (Calif.)

Championship Information



May 11-14, 2020
National Championship Opening 
Round – Campus Sites
May 22-29, 2020
Lewis-Clark State College
Lewiston, Idaho