FROM NCBWA RELEASE
MORGANTOWN, W.Va – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending February 19, today. Central Michigan senior catcher William Arnold was named National Hitter of the Week, while Duke sophomore right-hander Robert Huber 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.
Arnold put together a monster opening weekend at Troy, batting .500 (6-for-12) with four home runs, eight RBIs, eight runs scored and a slugging percentage of 1.500. His four home runs were one more than he had all of 2011 and equaled his total from his first three seasons in the Maroon and Gold combined. Arnold’s two home runs Sunday were pivotal in the Chippewas’ claiming a 14-7 victory over the host Trojans.
Huber held No. 13 Texas to two hits in six shutout innings to lead the Blue Devils to a 5-2 win over the Longhorns on Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Huber matched a career high with six strikeouts in the win. He looked good in the opening frame. After issuing a walk to the first batter he faced, Huber struck out the next three hitters swinging to end the inning. During the second through fifth innings, Huber retired 10 straight batters. During the second through sixth innings, Huber had a stretch where he retired 14 of 17 batters.
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2012 WINNERS:NCBWA Hitter of the Week – Feb. 21 – William Arnold, C, Central Michigan
NCBWA Pitcher of the Week – Feb. 21 – Robert Huber, RHP, Duke