One of the mainstays of the infield over the past four years who has helped the Seattle University baseball team win three consecutive weekend series, senior Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
After starting 15 of the team's first 16 games, Roberts came on as a pinch-hitter last Tuesday against Saint Martin's, picked up an RBI double, and later came around to score. He returned to the starting lineup for all three games against UC Davis, going 5-for-13 with a double, two runs scored, three runs batted in, and three stolen bases.
For the season, Roberts is batting .278 with 20 hits, including four doubles and a triple, 11 runs scored, and 12 runs batted in. He is also willing to take one for the team, leading the Redhawks by being hit by a pitch seven times so far this year, tied for third in the conference.
"Nate has been a grinder for us for all four years. He leads by example and has a professionalism about him that heightens our program," Seattle U head baseball coach Donny Harrel said. "I have never had to have Nate in to tell him he should be doing something different. He walks a straight line and is a perfect program guy. His bat and glove at shortstop will help us do great things going into WAC play."
In the classroom, Roberts is majoring in management within the Albers School of Business and Economics and currently carries over a 3.0 grade point average. He was one of five student-athletes chosen for a major Seattle University advertisement within Alaska Airlines Magazine during the fall of 2011.
After completing finals for the winter quarter, Roberts and the Seattle U baseball team will head to Ruston, La., to open Western Athletic Conference play with a three-game series against Louisiana Tech Saturday-Monday, March 23-25. The next home game for the Redhawks is Tuesday, April 2, against the University of Washington at Bannerwood Stadium in Bellevue starting at 6 p.m.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances both in the classroom and in competition.