FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
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 May 16, today. UC Riverside junior outfielder Tony Nix was named National Hitter of the Week, while Old Dominion junior right-hander C.J. Huyett 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.
Nix hit .654 (17-for-26) and registered 15 RBI over six games, scored 11 times and produced nine extra base hits, including five doubles, a triple and three home runs. The Poway, Calif., native posted multiple hits in all six games, including a 6-for-6 performance in the Highlanders’ 16-6 win over Loyola Marymount on Wednesday. The six hits broke UC Riverside’s Division I-era record and tied the overall school mark. Those six knocks were part of nine consecutive hits he had during the week.
Nix opened up UCR’s Big West series sweep of Cal State Northridge with a mammoth performance on Friday, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a homer and a career-high tying five RBI in a 13-5 victory. He also slugged another home run in a 9-3 win on Sunday.
Huyett threw the first no-hitter at Old Dominion since 1997 as the Monarchs blanked Maryland-Eastern Shore 19-0 last Tuesday. The Lawrenceville, Pa., native struck out a career-best 11 batters and walked only one in tossing just the second nine-inning no-hitter in school history.
Pro-Line Athletic, owned by Badger Sport, supplies caps and uniforms to several D-1 college baseball teams and this is the sixth 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 and Badger, visit their web sites at: www.badgersport.com and www.prolinecap.com
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association’s official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.
For more information, contact NCBWA Executive Assistant Director Mike Montoro (304-293-2821, [email protected]).
Pro-Line Athletic Hitter of the Week – Feb. 23 – Zack MacPhee, 2B, Arizona State; March 2 – Brian Fletcher, OF, Auburn; March 9 – Mark Micowski, Georgia State; March 16 – Pat Biserta, Rutgers; March 23 – Hunter Morris, INF, Auburn; March 30 – Mark Castellitto, OF, Gonzaga; April 6 – Austin Wates, UT, Virginia Tech; April 13 – Steve McQuail, INF, Canisius; April 20 – Drew Lee, SS, Morehead State; April 27 – Jake Magner, 1B, North Dakota; May 4 – Preston Springer, DH, Wichita State; May 11 – Grant Buckner, OF, West Virginia; May 18 – Tony Nix, OF, UC Riverside
Pro-Line Athletic Pitcher of the Week – Feb. 23 – Matt Bywater, LHP, Pepperdine; March 2 – Jason Mitchell, RHP, UT – Arlington; March 9 – Michael Goodnight, RHP, Houston; March 16 – Billy Barber, RHP, Richmond; March 23 – Teddy Kaufman, LHP, USF; March 30 – Randy Fontanez, RHP, USF; April 6 – Andrew Barbosa, LHP, USF; April 13 – Greg Gonzalez, RHP, Fresno State; April 20 – Cole Green, RHP, Texas; April 27 – Kendall Lewis, RHP, Eastern Michigan; May 4 – Justin LaTempa, RHP, Oregon; May 11 – Kyle Blair, RHP, San Diego; May 18 – C.J. Huyett, RHP, Old Dominion