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 April 19, today. Minnesota’s junior second baseman Derek McCallum was named National Hitter of the Week, while North Carolina junior right-handed pitcher Alex White 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.
McCallum was nearly unstoppable at the plate last week, combining to post a .636 average with a .680 on-base percentage and a 1.636 slugging mark over five games. In a pair of mid-week match-ups against UW-Milwaukee and South Dakota State, the junior went 3-for-4 in each contest with a combined five runs, 12 RBIs and three home runs. His 12-RBI total marked the highest for a Golden Gopher in a two-game stretch since at least 1997, and his three homers over two games is a program best since 2004.
Tacking on a home run in game one of Minnesota’s series with Illinois, the Shoreview, Minn., native became the first Minnesota player to go deep in three-straight games since 2004. In the series finale with Illinois, McCallum had his second two-homer game of the week, going long twice in a 2-for-5 performance with two runs scored and four RBI. For the week, he totaled nine extra-base hits with six homers, two doubles and a triple, and 20 RBIs for an OPS of 2.316. His efforts increased his season batting average by 43 points, giving him a conference-leading mark of .404, his slugging percentage by 171 points, placing him second in the conference at .709, and his RBI total to a Big Ten-leading 52.
White dominated No. 7 Miami in a complete-game, one-hit shutout in Friday’s series opener, a 3-0 win for the Tar Heels. The Greenville, N.C., All-American faced only 28 batters – just one over the minimum – and struck out a season-best 10 en route to his first career complete-game shutout.
White allowed just a third-inning single and a walk in the eighth for only two base runners all night. In between, he retired 14 straight Hurricanes. White closed his second career complete game by striking out the side to nail down Carolina’s first one-hitter since 1994 and its first complete game shutout since 2007.
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 fifth 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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