By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Brady Anderson of Valley City State (N.D.) has been named the NAIA Baseball National Player of the Week and Jacob Butler of St. Francis (Ill.) has been selected as the National Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Anderson and Butler were chosen based on their performances from March 24 – 30 and were selected out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.
Anderson, a native of Jamestown, N.D., hit .593 in six games last week (16-of-27), including four doubles, a triple and three home runs. His best performance came in the first of three Viking wins over in-state rival Dickinson State (N.D.) on March 5. In the 23-8 rout, Anderson hit for the cycle, finishing with four hits, five runs and eight RBIs. He followed that up with four more hits and five more RBIs in Valley City State’s 9-1 win on March 6. For the week, Anderson recorded eight extra-base hits, while scoring 11 runs and driving in 16.
On the year, Anderson is among the NAIA leaders in triples (14th, 4), total bases (32nd, 70) and total runs batted in (36th, 31).
Butler, a senior from Channahon, Ill., struck out 18 of the 24 batters he faced in the Fighting Saints 8-0 rout of Calumet (Ind.) on March 29. He allowed just two hits in seven innings of work for the complete game shutout. The win was part of St. Francis’ 3-0 series sweep of Calumet in which the Fighting Saints outscored the Crimson Wave 36-3.
On the season, Butler ranks among the national leaders in strikeouts per nine innings (13th, 11.48) and total strikeouts (39th, 51).
For a complete listing of national statistical leaders, click here.
The next NAIA National Baseball Players of the Week will be announced April 8.
Player Nominees: Zane Dillon, Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.); Michael Durig, St. Andrews (N.C.); Joe Ruge, St. Francis (Ill.); Austin York, Taylor (Ind.); Ryan Sells, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Cade Gotta, San Diego Christian (Calif.); Jake Erichsen, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Enmanuel Frias, Tougaloo (Miss.); Joe Smith, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Bryan Arthur, British Columbia; Mike Ryan, West Virginia Tech; Aaron Marshall, Ottawa (Kan.); Yuliecer Arias, Point Park (Pa.); Sam Lind, Cumberland (Tenn.); Jose Ruiz, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Zach Close, AIB (Iowa); Carlos Rosario, Wiley (Texas); Ryan Moesley, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Taylor Eads, Spring Hill (Ala.); Darryl Knight, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Justin Kalusa, Indiana Tech.
Pitcher Nominees: Curtis Sawchuk, Missouri Baptist; Dylan Griffin, Point (Ga.); Seth Eller, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Gabriel Hemmer, San Diego Christian (Calif.); Tyler Brungardt, Midland (Neb.); John Alford, Tougaloo (Miss.); Tino Luna, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Conor Lillis-white, British Columbia; Zach Thomas, West Virginia Tech; Jake Horew, Point Park (Pa.); Bret DeRooy, Campbellsville (Ky.); Juan Berumen, Oklahoma Wesleyan; David Yancey, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Scott Petry, Mayville State (N.D.); Luke McDonough, Jarvis Christian (Texas); Robert Santana, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Jack Howard, Spring Hill (Ala.); Corey Tufts, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Corey Sessions, Davenport (Mich.).
2014 Baseball Weekly Honors (Player, Pitcher):
Week 1 (March 18): Dylan Mayes, Park (Mo.); Kyle Kinman, Bellevue (Neb.)
Week 2 (March 25): Kirk Rocha, Tabor (Kan.); Jacob Webb, Tabor (Kan.)
Week 3 (April 1): Brady Anderson, Valley City State (N.D.); Jacob Butler, St. Francis (Ill.)