By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Brady Steiger of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) has been named the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week and Elliott Engle of Doane (Neb.) has been tabbed National Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Steiger and Engle were selected based on their performances from March 11 - 17 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Steiger, a native of Port Orchard, Wash., hit .750 for the week with 12 hits in 16 at-bats, including two home runs, five doubles, seven RBIs and nine runs scored. The junior infielder was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run driven in three runs in game-two of a double header against Oregon Tech on March 16. Steiger helped the Warriors push their winning streak to eight games.
On the season, Steiger ranks eighth in the NAIA in doubles (12), 19th in hits (40) and 24th in RBIs (28). His .482 batting average leads the Warriors and is 16th in the NAIA.
Engle, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., finished 1-0 last week, with a 7-0 victory over Manhattan Christian (Kan.) on March 15. Against Manhattan Christian, Engle threw the first perfect game in Doane's school history. He struck out 12, one shy of his career-high, while walking none. Engle capped off the perfect game when he fielded a two-hopper that came back to the mound.
On the season, Engle owns a 2-2 record, 1.87 earned run average and has struck out 36 and only walked six. He is holding opponents to hit .177, which is 23rd best in the nation.
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next NAIA Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week announcement will be on March 26.
Pitcher Nominees: Marshall Klontz, Peru State (Neb.); Eric Fredrick, Oklahoma Baptist; James Dykstra, Cal State San Marcos; Colton Reavis, Northwood (Texas); Dan Creighton, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Josh Stone, Tabor (Kan.); Cory Carter, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Brian Williams, William Penn (Iowa); Chris Walker, Missouri Baptist; Josh Miller, Indiana Tech; Bennie Warner, Tougaloo (Miss.); Jake Fabre, William Carey (Miss.); Nick Quintero, West Virginia Tech; Lucas Harry, Indiana Southeast; Parker Vernon, College of Idaho; Nick Greene, San Diego Christian (Calif.); James Jensen, Menlo (Calif.); Dylan Shoffner, St. Catharine (Ky.); Stetson Nelson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Adam Panayotovich, St. Francis (Ill.); Jarrod Jameson, Tennessee Wesleyan; Ben Hoar, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Tyler Molder, York (Neb.).
Player Nominees: Nerio Barreto, Talladega (Ala.); Kirk Rocha, Tabor (Kan.); Adam Humes, Northwood (Texas); Shane Spies, Rio Grande (Ohio); Dylan Blaha, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Kyle Mauricio, William Penn (Iowa); Cameron Balough, Judson (Ill.); Matthew Achter, Jamestown (N.D.); Tyson Popoff, British Columbia; Jordan Crowell, Point Park (Pa.); Nick Flanagan, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Joel Lutz, Lubbock Christian (Texas); John Crooks, Lourdes (Ohio); Jake Stone, Tennessee Wesleyan; Zach Sizemore, West Virginia Tech; Gene Nanney, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Colby Rogers, Lyon (Ark.); Braxton Hamil, Mobile (Ala.); Taylor Mata, Doane (Neb.); Alexis Batista, Northwood (Fla.); Riley Swanson, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Alec Abend, York (Neb.); Bryan Garza, Concordia (Calif.).
2013 Composite Award Winners (Pitcher; Player)
Week 1: Jeremy Gooding, Madonna (Mich.); Nerio Barreto, Talladega (Ala.)
Week 2: Elliott Engle, Doane (Neb.); Brady Steiger, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)