MVNU Baseball Players Earn Weekly
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Josh Estep and Ryan
Decker, two members of the Mount Vernon
Nazarene University baseball team, were
recently honored for their performances
during the week of April 16-22 as they
earned various Player of the Week honors.
Estep, a sophomore shortstop from
Gahanna, Ohio, was named the American
Mideast Conference and NAIA Region IX Player
of the Week for the second time this year.
The former Gahanna Lincoln High School star
batted .667 during the Cougars’ 5-1 week as
he extended his hitting streak to nine
straight games. Estep had at least one hit
in every game and at least one RBI in all
but one of the games. His best performance
came in MVNU’s second doubleheader with
Urbana University during the week on April
21 when he went 5-for-6 at the plate with
six RBI and four runs scored on his
birthday. He nearly hit for the cycle in the
first game as he had a single, double,
triple, and then walked in his final at bat.
On the season, Estep is batting .431 and
is one of only three players on the team to
have started all 40 games. He has registered
11 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 38
runs scored, and a team-high 41 RBI.
Decker, a senior right-handed pitcher
from Dover, Pennsylvania, was selected as
the National Christian College Athletic
Association Player of the Week after posting
a 2-0 record on the mound with a 2.70 ERA.
The former Dover High School standout began
the week by tossing his first career
no-hitter in an 11-0 victory at Cedarville
University as he struck out three batters
and issued two walks. Then, he scattered six
hits, one walk, and four runs over five
innings with three strikeouts in a 16-4 win
over Urbana University.
On the season, Decker has compiled a 5-2
record with a 3.49 ERA. In 49 innings of
work, he has struck out 31 batters and
issued just 14 walks. Opposing batters are
hitting just .259 against him.
MVNU is currently 28-12 overall and 15-5
in the AMC South Division. The Cougars, who
received votes in the latest NAIA poll, will
host a four-game conference series with the
University of Rio Grande this weekend with a
doubleheader slated for both Friday and
Saturday. Friday’s action is scheduled to
get under way at 1:00 p.m.