FROM NCBWA RELEASE
MORGANTOWN, W.Va – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending February 22, today. Louisiana Tech senior third basemen Chris Kersten was named National Hitter of the Week, while Kansas junior left-hander Shaeffer Hall was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Kersten, a senior from Kiowa, Kan., hit .700 (7-for-10) this past weekend with 13 RBI, two doubles, four home runs and zero strike outs. He posted a .769 on-base percentage and registered an eye-popping 2.200 slugging percentage. Kersten also contributed to Tech’s three big wins by scoring nine times, walking twice and stealing a base.
In Tech’s season opener on Friday against Grambling, Kersten went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run. Saturday was another big day for the third baseman as he hit a three-run home run in his first at-bat for the Bulldogs. In his next at-bat, he hit his second three-run home run of the game. His six-RBI day marked a new career-high. After drawing an RBI-walk in Kersten’s first appearance at the plate on Sunday, he hit a two-run RBI double. In his following at-bat he hit his second double of the day, before he launched his fourth home run of the season, a two-run homer to center field in the seventh inning.
Hall fired the fifth complete game no-hitter in Kansas baseball history on Friday, Feb. 20, defeating Air Force, 5-0. Hall pitched nine innings of hitless ball, allowing just four base runners (three walks and one hit batsman) to go along with seven strikeouts. The junior from Lee’s Summit, Mo., dazzled Falcon hitters by pounding the strike zone with three different pitches. He became the first Kansas pitcher to throw a no-hitter since David Hicks turned the trick in 1980. Hall needed just 106 pitches to earn the seventh no-hitter in Jayhawk history (two were combined no-hitters).
Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the fourth season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA’s Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Web site at: www.prolineathletic.com.
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Pro-Line Athletic Hitter of the Week – Feb. 24 – Chris Karsten, Louisiana Tech
Pro-Line Athletic Pitcher of the Week – Feb. 24 – Shaeffer Hall, Kansas