Schaefer named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland senior Shawn Schaefer was named the NAIA National Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday after posting a pair of complete game victories on the mound, including a four-hitter against sixth-ranked Embry-Riddle.
Schaefer won a pair of games last week, tossing two complete games, including a four-hit gem against sixth-ranked Embry-Riddle last Monday. The lefthander struck out a season-high 12, walked just one and worked all nine innings in a 3-1 triumph over the Eagles.
The Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, native then tossed his second one-hitter of the season, allowing a leadoff single and then retiring the next 15 batters in an 11-0, five-inning victory over Davenport Univ. on Saturday.
Schaefer has won all five of his starts this season, posting a 1.07 ERA in 33.2 innings with 32 strikeouts and just six walks. Opponents are batting just .143 against him as well. He earned the TranSouth Pitcher of the Week honor on Monday this week as well as on March 1 and March 8 this season previously.
Schaefer is the fourth Bulldog player to win NAIA National Player of the Week honors, joining Jeff Luttrell (1993), Chili Miranda (2003) and Angel Murcado (2006).
Cumberland plays at Georgetown College at 2:30 p.m. CT today before heading to Jackson, Tenn., this weekend for the TranSouth Conference opening series against Union University starting Friday at 6 p.m. at Fesmire Field.