KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tyler Brake of Union (Ky.) has been named the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week and Mike Lachapelle of Arizona Christian has been tabbed National Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Brake and Lachapelle were selected based on their performances from April 8 – 14 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated group winners.
Brake, a native of Burlington, Ky., set a school single-game record for doubles and blasted a game-winning homer to play a key role in Union’s 4-1 week that included a three-game sweep of Appalachian Athletic Conference rival Milligan (Tenn.) April 13—14. He hit .579 (11-for-19) for the week with five doubles, two home runs, seven runs scored and eight RBI. Brake also stole two bases on two attempts and walked four times.
Brake’s record breaking performance came against Georgetown (Ky.) on April 9. The senior first baseman went 4-for-5 with four doubles, four runs scored and two RBI. With the effort, Brake became only the fourth player in NAIA history with four-or-more doubles in a game. On April 13 against Milligan, he was 4-for-6, including a double and home run, across two games. One day later, Brake played hero with a game-winning, walk-off 2-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to propel Union to the 3-1 victory and a series sweep.
Brake leads the team with 11 doubles and seven home runs, while ranking second on the squad with 40 RBI.
Lachapelle, a senior from Tucson, Ariz., threw Arizona Christian’s third all-time nine-inning complete game in the Firestorm’s April 13 tilt against then-No. 6 The Master’s (Calif.). The left-hander struck out 12 – four shy of tying the program’s single-game record – and walked none to earn his fifth victory of the season. Lachapelle, who scattered eight hits in the contest, retired the last six Mustangs he faced, including three by strikeout.
On the year, Lachapelle is 5-5 with a team-best 3.13 earned run average. He also paces the team with 53 strikeouts in 74.2 innings pitched.
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The next NAIA Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week announcement will be on April 23.
Pitcher Nominees: Corey Gilligan, Pikeville (Ky.); Rory Young, LSU Shreveport (La.); Joshua Wright, Emmanuel (Ga.); Kody Mcfarland, Bellevue (Neb.); Tyler Stuerman, Northwestern (Iowa); Eddie Crowe, Concordia (Ore.); Alex Graham, British Columbia; Zach Rohlf, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Josh Fisher, Indiana Tech; Dan Creighton, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Adam Brush, William Woods (Mo.); Daniel Cloteaux, Sterling (Kan.); Ben Hoar, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Cyrus Wimberly, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Dalton Ripley, Edward Waters (Fla.); Joe Bocchino, Ave Maria (Fla.); Manny Perdomo, Point Park (Pa.); Luke Collis, Union (Ky.); Ben Moore, St. Gregory's (Okla.); Rey Rodriguez, Robert Morris (Ill.).
Player Nominees: Brandon Cooksey, LSU Shreveport (La.); Nathan Enriquez, Arizona Christian; Michael Granda, Emmanuel (Ga.); Ryan Serrato, Georgetown (Ky.); Adonis Brown, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Justin Mackey, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Jared Forbush, Sterling (Kan.); Justin Cook, Madonna (Mich.); Damil Reyes, Ashford (Iowa); Bryan Muniz, Southeastern (Fla.); Brandon Arnold, Alice Lloyd (Ky.); Jordan Coffey, Taylor (Ind.); Brent Hermanussen, Hastings (Neb.); Kyle Poynter, Central Methodist (Mo.); Cody Lavalli, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Johnny Hendrixson, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Josh Raymond, Judson (Ill.); Kyle Clifton, Park (Mo.); Matt Owen, York (Neb.).
2013 Composite Award Winners (Pitcher; Player)
Week 1 (March 12): Jeremy Gooding, Madonna (Mich.); Nerio Barreto, Talladega (Ala.)
Week 2 (March 19): Elliott Engle, Doane (Neb.); Brady Steiger, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 3 (March 26): Rey Rodriguez, Robert Morris (Ill.); Justin Moore, Georgetown (Ky.)
Week 4 (April 2): Cole Swanson, Concordia (Calif.); Wigberto Nevarez, Lubbock Christian (Texas)
Week 5 (April 9): Drew Greiwe, Central Methodist (Mo.); Brian Ferrell, Bethel (Tenn.)
Week 6 (April 16): Mike Lachapelle, Arizona Christian; Tyler Brake, Union (Ky.)