Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Ben Madison, a sophomore from Benton, Arkansas, pitched a no-hitter in the 3-0 win over Martin Methodist. Madison had 16 strikeouts and just 2 walks in the shutout. He leads the team with a 3-0 record and innings pitched (17), and has a 1.59 ERA on the season.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Coming off a three-game sweep of Southwestern Oklahoma, senior first baseman Zach Klockowski from the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys baseball team was named the Great American Conference Player of the Week and junior pitcher Kyle Wilson was named GAC Pitcher of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday.
Madison, a 6-3 sophomore right hander from Benton, Ark., helped the Mustangs get a win over the Martin Methodist College RedHawks by taking matters into his own hands and firing the second no-hitter in head coach Aaron Brister's tenure as the baseball coach in Conway. Madison faced only four over the minimum in the game, walking two, hitting a batter, and striking out 16 – the highest single-game strikeout total in the NAIA so far this season. So far in 2017, Madison is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA.
Other Notable Performances:
Nash Nichols – Central Baptist
Went 8-for-18 (.444) as the Mustangs split six games over the course of the week. He doubled twice, walked, stole four bases in four attempts, scored three times, and drove in four runs in the six games as well.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Lyon College baseball player Tyler Tognarine (JR/Cape Coral, Fla.) has been named the American Midwest Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. This is Tognarine's first player of the week honor of the season, and fourth of his career after earning the honor three times last season.
Henderson State right-handed pitcher Bryant Haralson was named Great American Pitcher of the Week for his performance against Nebraska-Kearney.
In his first start Haralson struck out 11 batters in recording a 7-0 victory over the Lopers. Haralson's 11 K's were the most since Nathan Eller struck out 14 against Harding on April 16, 2011.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
GAC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Trevor Rucker, Southern Arkansas, OF, Sr., Prescott, Arkansas
Rucker claimed the fourth GAC Player of the Week award of his career after he hit .462 at the Air Hogs DII Classic – a tournament that featured four opponents that all entered the season ranked or among those that received votes in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll. He homered, tripled, doubled twice, stole four bases and scored six runs as the Muleriders posted a 3-1 record.
GAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Chris Hunt, Henderson State, RHP, Sr., Greenwood, Arkansas
Hunt started his senior season nearly as strong as he finished his junior campaign. He pitched six complete innings and faced only two above the minimum. He struck out a career-high nine and did not walk or hit a batter. Only one player reached second base. In his final start of 2016, he threw no-hitter at the GAC Championships against Southeastern Oklahoma State.
- Grant Guest, Jr., 2B/3B, Harding (Collected a pair of multi-hit games against No. 23 Delta State)
- Parker Jones, Sr., 3B, Henderson State (Hit a GAC-leading .636 for the opening weekend; doubled twice)
- Zach Klockowski, Sr., 1B, Arkansas Tech (Posted a .909 slugging percentage and drove in five runs)
NOTABLE PITCHER NOMINEES
- Dalton Algiene, Sr., RHP, Southern Arkansas (Tossed six scoreless innings against Oklahoma Christian; struck out nine)
- Austin Allen, Fr., RHP, Harding (Held Delta State to one run in 4.2 innings pitched with three strikeouts)
The American Midwest Conference (AMC) has announced its first baseball Player of the Week awards on Monday afternoon, and the awards have gone to a Freed-Hardeman University Lion and a Williams Baptist College Eagle. Griffin Siebert of Freed-Hardeman was selected as the AMC Player of the Week, and Layne Ditto (SO/Walnut Ridge, Ark.) of Williams Baptist College claimed the honor as the AMC's Pitcher of the Week.