First time trio collects #SummitBSB weekly honors

A pair of double-digit strikeout hurlers and a hot-hitting shortstop landed this week's Summit League Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week awards.
A pair of double-digit strikeout hurlers and a hot-hitting shortstop landed this week's Summit League Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week awards.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A trio of Summit League baseball players earned the first weekly honors of their respective careers Monday. South Dakota State shortstop Gus Steiger claimed the player of the week accolade while Western Illinois righthander Javin Drake and Omaha righthander Joey Machado shared the pitcher of the week award.

Steiger extended his hitting streak to seven games by hitting safely in all five of the Jackrabbits' games last week. He recorded four multi-hit games, starting with a two-hit performance at Alabama, then tallied the team's first four-hit game of the season in the series opener at UA Little Rock. Steiger doubled in each of SDSU's first three games of the week and finished with 6 RBI. The speedy sophomore also added three steals and was flawless in the field on 28 chances.

Drake recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts, surrendering six hits and one walk during eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over Saint Louis. His 10 punchouts moved his league-leading total in that category to 30. The junior has already matched his win total from a season ago as the Leathernecks are off to their best non-conference start in seven seasons.

Machado Improved to 2-1 on the season as the Mavericks swept Santa Clara in all four games. The Friday starter pitched 6.0 innings with a career-high 13 strikeouts, allowing only three hits and one walk in the win. Machado only trails Drake in strikeouts on the campaign as he now has mowed down 28 opponents.

Baseball Player of the Week
Gus Steiger, South Dakota State
So. | Infielder | Minnetonka, Minn.
• Earned the first weekly honor of his career
• Currently leads The Summit League in steals with seven and ranks second with 13 RBI

Co-Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Javin Drake
Jr. | RHP | Wilton, Iowa
• Earned the first weekly honor of his career
• Racked up 19 strikeouts in his last two starts (15 innings)

Joey Machado, Omaha
So. | RHP | Omaha, Neb.
• Earned the first weekly honor of his career
• Has pitched 13 consecutive scoreless innings in back-to-back wins

2019 Baseball Weekly Award Winners
February 1
Player of the Week: Andrew Pace, Oral Roberts
Pitcher of the Week: Brady Stover, SDSU
February 25
Player of the Week: Kevin Raisbeck, Western Illinois
Pitcher of the Week: Payton Kinney, Omaha
March 4
Player of the Week: Logan Holtz, South Dakota State
Pitcher of the Week: Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts
March 11
Player of the Week: Gus Steiger, South Dakota State
Co-Pitcher of the Week: Joey Machado, Omaha
Co-Pitcher of the Week: Javin Drake, Western Illinois

Others Nominated for Player of the Week: Spencer Henson, Oral Roberts; Ben Palensky, Omaha

Others Nominated for Pitcher of the Week: 
Isaac Coffey, Oral Roberts; Nic McKay, South Dakota State

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