SEWARD, Neb. – Stars of the GPAC championship Concordia University Baseball team, Jake Fosgett and Joey Grabanski have pulled in conference weekly awards. As announced on Tuesday (May 4), Fosgett has been chosen as the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Pitcher of the Week while Grabanski has been tabbed the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Player of the Week. As a team, the 20th-ranked Bulldogs have earned seven GPAC weekly honors in 2021.
Fosgett has picked up GPAC Pitcher of the Week accolades for the second week in a row. The native of Carlsbad, Calif., continued to mesmerize opposing hitters with six innings of shutout ball in the 3-0 win at Hastings last week. Fosgett allowed only two hits and a walk and notched nine more strikeouts. His numbers within the GPAC have been eye-popping – a 6-0 record with a 1.38 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. Fosgett leads all NAIA pitchers with an average of 16.69 strikeouts per nine innings.
As just a freshman, Grabanski has established himself as one of the top players in the league. Factored into the weekly voting was Grabanski’s four-homer doubleheader versus Morningside on April 26. The highlight of that performance was a two-run, walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh of game 1. On the week, Grabanski went 12-for-23 (.522) with seven runs scored, two doubles, four home runs and 12 RBIs. Those efforts pushed his season RBI total to 52, making him the program’s new single-season record holder. The Grand Forks, N.D., native also broke the program record with 16 home runs (GPAC best).
Concordia will host GPAC tournament action this Thursday and Saturday as a reward for garnering the No. 1 seed in the conference.
2021 GPAC Player/Pitcher of the Week awards
May 4 – Jake Fosgett / Joey Grabanski
April 27 – Jake Fosgett
March 23 – Jesse Garcia
March 16 – Jayden Adams
March 9 – Jayden Adams / Alex Johnson