DALLAS (NCBWA) – Despite challenging winter
weather situations striking down many regular-season game
opportunities across the country Feb. 8-14, some top-notch
performances were registered. The tandem of freshman pitcher
Benjamin Harris of Brewton-Parker College of
Georgia and junior infielder Gary Mattis of
Tennessee Wesleyan University highlighted those by snagging all
three combined accolades from the National Collegiate Baseball
HItter of the Week: Tennessee Wesleyan's
Gary Mattis helped lift the Bulldogs to a sweep
of Indiana University-Southeast Feb. 12 and 13. He was nearly
perfect at the plate, finishing nine of 12, with six
round-trippers and 14 RBI. In the Feb. 12 doubleheader, Mattis
went seven-for-nine with five home runs and 10 RBI. The junior
also scored ten runs over the weekend.
Pitcher and Rookie of the Week:
Brewton-Parker College of Georgia's Benjamin Harris
fired a complete-game one-hitter with 14 strikeouts in a 5-0
victory over the Cumberland University of Tennessee on Feb. 12.
That was just part of the story, though. Harris also hit a
juggernaut .667 and slugged an astronomical 1.083, scoring four
runs to go along with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI as
the Barons turned in two wins in seven games.
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2021 NAIA Players of the Week:
• Week ending Feb. 7: Daniel Myers, Benedictine (Hitter); Chris Koeiman, Tennessee Wesleyan (Pitcher); Trevor Ball, Presentation (Rookie)
• Week ending Feb. 14: Gary Mattis, Tennessee Wesleyan (Hitter); Benjamin Harris, Brewton-Parker (Pitcher/Rookie)
• Week ending Feb. 28: Pedro Nazario , Cumberlands (Hitter); Robert Gonzalez, Tennessee Wesleyan (Pitcher); Carson Ford, Texas Wesleyan (Rookie)