CHICAGO (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association (NCBWA) released its National Hitter and Pitcher of the
Week awards for the period ending May 6th. Middle Tennessee State junior
righthander Dewon Brazelton earned Pitcher of the Week honors, while
Chris Burke of Tennessee and Aurelio Jackson of Sacramento
State were named Co-Hitters of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates
from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday
throughout the season.
Brazelton pitched his eighth complete game of the season in a 5-1 win
over Western Kentucky on May 4 in which he struck out a career high 16 batters.
He allowed only three hits in the contest and walked just one. The strikeout
tally in the game also made Brazelton the single season strikeout leader
at Middle Tennessee (currently with 133). He also became the first pitcher
in Middle Tennessee history to reach the 300 strikeout plateau for his career.
Brazelton's record now stands at 11-1 and his ERA is 1.25.
Burke went 10-for-21 (.476) last week in five games against nationally-ranked
opponents, as the Volunteers split a pair of games with No. 15 Arizona State
and swept a three-game series against No. 9 Ole Miss. Six of his 10 hits
went for extra bases with two homers, two triples and two doubles (a 1.048
slugging percentage). Burke also scored 10 runs, walked four times with
one strikeout and stole two bases. He also became Tennessee's all-time leader
in hits, runs scored, singles, doubles and triples over the weekend.
Jackson came within one plate appearance of tying the Division I record
for consecutive times on base. The senior reached an impressive 16-straight
times dating back to April 29 (2-for-2 with a pair of walks vs. Cal Poly)
before he laid down a sacrifice bunt on Sunday. In hits 28 times to the
plate last week, he reached first base on 22 occasions. Jackson began the
week by going 3-for-3 and being hit twice against Hawaii. He then was 3-for-3
with a hit-by-pitch and two intentional walks in Sacramento State's upset
of Stanford. Jackson stretched the streak to 16-straight plate appearances
when he opened the game at UC Riverside on Friday by being hit by a pitch.
He finished the week 12-for-19 (.632) with nine runs scored and five stolen