Chris Stanifer and Dave Byard, two members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball team, were selected as the National Christian College Athletic Association National Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively for their efforts during the week of May 3-9.
Stanifer, a senior outfielder from Adrian, Michigan, led the team to a 4-2 week and a second place finish at the American Mideast Conference by batting .667 with 18 hits in 27 at bats. The former Adrian High School standout, who was also selected as the AMC Player of the Week, recorded one double, one triple, five runs batted in, 10 runs scored, and seven stolen bases for the week.
Stanifer collected two or more hits in all six games during the week and had three four-hit games in his final three games of the week against Ohio Dominican College and Shawnee State University. With his successful week, Stanifer raised his average to .456 with a team-high 78 hits. He has also swiped a career-high 31 stolen bases.
Byard, a junior pitcher from Byesville, Ohio, tossed a complete game five-hitter as the Cougars downed Shawnee State 5-3 in the second round of the AMC Tournament for the Bears’ only loss of the tournament. Byard struck out a season-high 11 batters and allowed just three walks and three earned runs.
Byard is now 8-1 on the season with a 1.60 earned run average. In 73 innings of work, the former Meadowbrook High School star has struck out 79 batters and issued just 23 walks.
MVNC has a 32-14 overall record and will host the 1999 NCCAA East Region Tournament on Thursday and Friday. The Cougars will play two games on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.