SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota State shortstop Gus Steiger was honored Monday as Summit League Player of the Week in helping lead the Jackrabbits to a pair of victories on the back half of their Spring Break trip.
A sophomore from Minnetonka, Minn., Steiger went 11-for-27 (.407 batting average) over five games with three doubles, four runs scored and six runs batted in.
He tallied multiple hits in the first four contests of the week, starting with a two-hit effort in an extra-innings loss March 6 at Alabama. He followed that outing with the first four-hit performance by a Jackrabbit this season and collected two RBIs in a March 9 series opener at UA Little Rock.
By hitting safely in all five games, Steiger extended his hitting streak to seven games.
He also stole three bases during the week and did not commit an error in 28 total defensive chances.
Steiger is the second Jackrabbit in as many weeks to be named Summit League Player of the Week, joining outfielder Logan Holtz, who received the honor March 4.
The Jackrabbit baseball team, 7-8 overall, opens Summit League play Friday at Western Illinois.