Baseball: Anderson named National Player of the Week

Apr 1st, 2014 @ 5:01 pm | Author: NAIA
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.

Anderson is now batting .467 on the season and slugging .761. He has scored 20 runs, driven in 31 runs, and has 10 doubles, four triples and three home runs in 23 games. On the year, Anderson is among the NAIA leaders in triples (14th, 4), total bases (32nd, 70) and total runs batted in (36th, 31). Anderson is one game short of being eligible for several more categories, but would be Top 10 in the nation in batting average and slugging percentage.

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).