Scott Savage and Andy Heimbach, two Mount Vernon Nazarene College athletes, were named the National Christian College Athletic Association National Players of the Week in their respective sports for the week of April 27-May 3.
Savage, a senior golfer from Mount Vernon, Ohio, led the Cougars to their second tournament title of the season as MVNC won the 17th Annual Cedarville College Invitational at the Country Club of the North. The Cougars fired a team-total 321 to finish six strokes ahead of second-place Shawnee State University, ranked in the top 25 in the latest NAIA national poll.
Savage claimed medalist honors for the tournament by shooting a 78 on the par-72 course that Jack (Nicklaus) built. He was one of only two players (teammate Kasey Hall was the other at 79) to stay under 80 for the tournament.
Heimbach, a sophomore pitcher from Wheelersburg, Ohio, helped MVNC get off to a great start in the Mid-Ohio Conference Tournament as he tossed a four-hit shutout to lead the top-seeded Cougars to an 8-0 win over Walsh University. In the nine-inning complete game, he fanned nine batters.
With the shutout (his fourth of the season), Heimbach tied the MVNC career shutout mark with nine in only two seasons. Mike Patch also recorded nine shutouts during his stellar career (1994-97). Heimbach also improved to 8-2 on the season and lowered his earned run average to 2.57.