Bethune-Cookman, Maryland-Eastern Shore players honored as national players of the week

Maryland-Eastern Shore’s Bryan Chaikowsky has been named national player of the week, while Bethune-Cookman’s Scott Garner earned pitcher of the week honors from BlackCollegeBaseball.com.

Garner allowed just one hit and one walk in six innings to complete Bethune-Cookman’s 16-6 victory last week, putting the finishing touches on a sweep against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe Florida A&M. “Scott was amazing,” Wildcats coach Mervyl Melendez said, “he was able to locate his fastball. He was able to command it, and that was the key. We look good every time he has a good outing.” Garner, a freshman at Bethune, also hade five strikeouts in notching his third win of the season.

Meanwhile, Chaikowsky was 9-for-16 (.563) across four games, at Campbell and then at home in UMES’ league opener against Coppin State. That sterling run included two doubles, his team-leading fourth triple and a career-high six RBI in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Coppin, helping UMES to a run-rule 16-6 win. In all, Chaikowsky scored eight runs, knocked in eight RBI and stole a base last week.

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