KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cole Swanson of Concordia (Calif.) has been tabbed the NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Swanson was selected based on his performances from March 25 – 31 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated group winners. Swanson is the first Eagle selected for a national award this season and is also the GSAC Pitcher of the Week, his second such honor this season.
Swanson, a junior from San Diego, Calif., led Concordia to a 2-0 victory against then-No. 5 The Master's on March 28. The 6-5 left-hander tossed nine innings, ultimately allowing four hits and three walks while striking out five to earn his second complete-game shutout win of the season and improve to 8-1 on the year. Only one Mustang runner advanced beyond first base against Swanson, who faced 30 batters in the contest, three more than the nine inning minimum.
"My mindset against The Master's was to come out, throw strikes, attack the zone, and let everyone behind me do the work," Cole Swanson said. "It's great to have the support and come out as a team with the win. It's been great at Concordia so far and we are just working hard every day."
Swanson's eight victories are second in the NAIA. He also ranks third in innings pitched per game (7.5), ninth in total innings pitched (67.1) and 13th in strikeouts (60). Swanson's 1.87 earned run average is second on the club amongst pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings.
Concordia moved up to No. 12 in the polls this week and have been ranked in the top-25 for 10 consecutive polls. The Eagles host Westmont College for a three-game set this Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. The first pitch is Friday at 3:00 pm. Follow live stats at http://www.cuieagles.com/live/baseball/xlive.htm.