FROM NCBWA RELEASEMORGANTOWN, W.Va – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 13, today. FIU senior outfielder Pablo Bermudez was named National Hitter of the Week, while Texas A&M senior right-hander Ross Stripling 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.
Bermudez returned to his 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year form just in the nick of time for a strong tournament run. The speedy leadoff hitter had a monster week hitting .588 (10-17) with a pair of homers and 11 runs scored. He also contributed seven RBI out of the leadoff spot, which contributed to FIU scoring 48 runs over a four-game road trip that produced three victories.
Stripling threw the 11th no-hitter in Texas A&M baseball history on Saturday. The baseball rarity came on the day Stripling was scheduled to graduate from A&M with his degree in finance. The Southlake, Texas, native baffled the San Diego State hitters all afternoon during the 1-0 win, allowing only a fifth-inning walk while striking out seven during his 106-pitch outing. It was the first no-hitter for a Texas A&M pitcher since Zach Jackson’s seven-inning no-hitter against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 14, 2004, and the first nine-inning no-hitter since Matt Blank accomplished the rarity against Texas-Pan American on Feb. 6, 1996.
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