CHICAGO – Saint Xavier University sophomore left fielder Brad Myjak (Tinley Park, Ill./Mount Carmel) and freshman right-hander Andy Kovarik (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) not only swept the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Player and Pitcher of the Week honors Tuesday, but claimed the NAIA's weekly national recognitions as well for their impressive individual performances on the field last week. It is the first time this season that a SXU player has claimed either honor at the conference or national level. Both players were instrumental in helping the Cougars go 5-3 on the week, including a big 9-3 road win over NCAA Division I Northwestern University (Ill.) as well as key conference victories over Trinity International University (Ill.) and Purdue University-North Central (Ind.).
Myjak hit .441 (15-for-34) on the week with two home runs, three doubles, 13 runs scored and 22 RBI to lead the Saint Xavier offense. He opened the week with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in a 2-for-5 effort against the Wildcats. Myjak's homer came in the first inning, which sparked the nine-run output by the Cougars. He continued to assert himself as a dominant force in the middle of the Saint Xavier line-up with two additional four-RBI games in SXU's 27-6 and 18-6 wins against Trinity International last Wednesday. In weekend action against PUNC, Myjak went 5-for-13 (.385) including four hits and seven RBI in Sunday's opening game. On the season, Myjak ranks 12th nationally with 49 RBI and currently owns a .309 batting average and .551 slugging percentage. Additionally, he leads the team with six home runs and ranks second in doubles with 13.
In his only appearance on the mound on the week, Kovarik tossed eight strong innings to earn the victory in a 9-3 win for the Cougars against Northwestern University (Ill.) last Tuesday. He scattered three hits, struck out three and walked four in his longest outing of the season. All three runs allowed by Kovarik were unearned. On the season, he now sits at 3-0 overall with a team-low 2.70 earned run average (ERA) in six appearances. Kovarik has also seen plenty of time on the field this spring as an infielder. He has played in 33 games and is hitting .326 (31-for-95) with 21 runs scored and 18 RBI.
Saint Xavier (29-14 overall/15-5 CCAC) is currently playing a conference doubleheader against Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in Milwaukee, Wis. The first game began at 2 p.m.