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NAIA Baseball Pitcher & Player of the Week No. 1

March 12, 2013
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Nerio Barreto of Talladega (Ala.) has been named the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week and Jeremy Gooding of Madonna (Mich.) has been tabbed National Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Barreto and Gooding were selected based on their performances from March 4 - 10 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

Barreto, a native of Zulia, Venezuela, hit 1.000 for the week with nine hits in nine at-bats, including four doubles, two triples, four RBIs and seven runs scored. The junior outfielder's highlight game came in the game-one of a double header against Bethel (Tenn.) on March 4. Barreto finished the contest 4-for-4 with three doubles and one triple.

On the season, Barreto ranks fifth in the NAIA in doubles (11) and 10th in total bases (54). His .478 batting average leads the Tornados and is 18th in the NAIA.

Gooding, a senior from Livonia, Mich., finished 2-0 last week, including a 3-2 victory over No. 6 Point Park (Pa.) on March 4. Against Point Park, Gooding allowed two runs on four hits while striking out a season-high 10. He walked one batter in the effort. Gooding's second victory of the week was an 8-0 combined no hitter against Avila on March 9. He struck out nine and walked five in six innings of work against the Eagles.

On the season, Gooding owns a 3-0 record and 1.42 earned run average.

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 19.

Pitcher Nominees: Craig Johnson, West Virginia Tech; Josh Smetana, West Virginia Tech; Ricky Holm, Bellevue (Neb.); Derek Vaughn, Texas Wesleyan; Adam Brush, William Woods (Mo.); Ryan Fares, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Tino Luna, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Jordan Geiger, Bethany (Kan.); Eric Green, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Jeff Pool, Talladega (Ala.); Justin Brown, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Matt Smith, Georgetown (Ky.); Jake Fabre, William Carey (Miss.); Taylor Morris, Northwestern (Iowa); Corey Rhoney, Tennessee Wesleyan; Carsen Nylund, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Zach McLean, Brescia (Ky.); Andrew Redman, Clarke (Iowa); Adam Panayotovich, St. Francis (Ill.); Jordan Morales, Oklahoma Baptist; Nick Turner, Biola (Calif.)

Player Nominees: Kyle Pearson, LSU Shreveport (La.); Zach Sizemore, West Virginia Tech; Grant Williams, West Virginia Tech; Eric Stone, West Virginia Tech; Kyle Kinman, Bellevue (Neb.); Ryan Kern, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Randy Santiesteban, Peru State (Neb.); Blake Debacher, Cumberlands (Ky.); Bob Seda, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Kevin Lindheim, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Joe Battaglia, Sterling (Kan.); Justin Cook, Madonna (Mich.); Wesley Roberson, Lyon (Ark.); Blake Crowe, Berea (Ky.); Braxton Hamil, Mobile (Ala.); Corey Van Gorp, Northwestern (Iowa); Trey Griffin, Tennessee Wesleyan; Tyler Gregory, Saint Francis (Ind.); Cody Lavalli, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Brett Kauten, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Steven Karkenny, The Master's (Calif.); Sergio Cruz, Clarke (Iowa).

2013 Composite Award Winners (Pitcher; Player)
Week 1: Jeremy Gooding, Madonna (Mich.); Nerio Barreto, Talladega (Ala.)