KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 30, 2013) – Brett Kauten of Lubbock Christian University has been tabbed NAIA National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Kauten, who is the final weekly award winner for the 2013 season, was selected based on performances from April 22 – 28 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated group winners.
Kauten, a junior outfielder, was a catalyst for the Lubbock Christian offense in its final regular season series against Wayland Baptist (Texas) April 25 – 27. The Shelby Township, Mich., native hit .571 (8-for-14) with 11 RBI, 10 runs scored, four home runs, three walks, three steals and a triple.
In game three of the four game series, Kauten was 4-for-5 with three home runs and a triple en route to a season-high nine RBI, which is one RBI shy of tying the Lubbock Christian single-game record. His home run performance included his first grand slam of the season in the top of the third. Kauten had a hit and at least two runs scored in each of the four games.
According to records on file, Kauten is the eighth Chap player all-time to claim the NAIA national weekly honor. He is the second Chaps member to claim the honor this season. Wigberto Nevarez claimed the honor Apr. 7 earlier this season. It is Kauten's first NAIA national weekly honor.