A day after being named the Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week, Westmont's Brandon Gildea of Stockton has been named the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week.
The senior catcher produced a .609 batting average (14 of 23) in five games to help lead the Warriors to their first Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. His four hits in the final game of the tournament gave him the program single-season record for career hits at 83. Gildea passed Ryan Eisele who had 81 in 1999 and J.J. Turbin who posted 80 in 2012.
This year, Gildea also set the Warriors' single season record in games played at 55 and most at bats at 211. He has a season batting average of .393 and has driven in 35 RBIs. His slugging percentage is .540 and his on base percentage is .426.
The 24th-ranked Warriors (38-17) won the GSAC Tournament last week by taking four of five games. After dropping the first game to top-seeded and seventh-ranked San Diego Christian, Westmont won four games in a row to claim the championship, including the last two against the Hawks.
Westmont has earned an automatic berth at one of nine NAIA Opening Round Tournament sites spread across the country beginning on Monday, May 12. The five teams assigned to each location are due to be released on Friday, May 9.
The winners of each of the nine opening round tournaments will advance to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho beginning Friday, May 23.