National Collegiate Baseball Writers March 5, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Russ Anderson
Brandon first SEC pitcher in 35 years to toss 9-inning perfect game

CHICAGO (NBCWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period ending March 3rd.


Southern Miss junior outfielder Jeff Cook earned the Hitter of the Week award, while Auburn sophomore righthander Eric Brandon earned Pitcher of the Week honors. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

Cook batted .722 (13-for-18) in four games last week, including a 4-for-5 performance in a 5-1 win over No. 10 Mississippi. He had at least three hits in each game, recording a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.389 slugging percentage. The preseason All-Conference USA selection had a double, a triple, three home runs and drove in nine runs. Cook scored six times and also added seven putouts in the outfield.

Brandon became the first pitcher in school history to hurl a 9-inning perfect game as the Tigers downed Murray State, 9-0 on March 1. Brandon also became the first Southeastern Conference pitcher in 35 years to toss a 9-inning perfect game. He struck out a career-high 12 batters, including the last four that he faced. Facing 27 batters, Brandon threw just 94 pitches, including 69 for strikes.

Interestingly, Brandon accomplished the feat against the alma mater of both his mother and father, Jim and Debbie Brandon, who originally hail from Murray, Ky.

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2002 NCBWA Players of the Week:
• Feb. 5: Chad Corona, San Diego St. (Hitter); Ryan Schroyer, Arizona St. (Pitcher)
• Feb. 12: Shaun Larkin, Cal State Northridge (Hitter); Phillip Aragon, Nicholls St. (Pitcher)
• Feb. 19: Ryan Schade, Western Carolina (Hitter); Jared Theodorakos, Baylor (Pitcher)
• Feb. 26: Jesse Crain, Houston (Hitter); Shane Komine, Nebraska and Joe Linde, Eastern Michigan (Pitcher)
• Mar. 5: Jeff Cook, Southern Miss (Hitter); Eric Brandon, Auburn (Pitcher)
• Mar. 12: Mike Arbinger, Ohio (Hitter); Joseph Blanton, Kentucky and Matt Hamer, The Citadel (Pitcher)
• Mar. 19: Khalil Greene, Clemson (Hitter); Brad Halsey, Texas (Pitcher)
• Mar. 26: Shane Costa, Cal State Fullerton (Hitter); Brad Sullivan, Houston (Pitcher)
• Apr. 2: Jay Garthwaite, Washington (Hitter); Justin Simmons, Texas (Pitcher)
• Apr. 9: Jamie D'Antona, Wake Forest and Jeremy Isenhower, Southwest Missouri State (Hitter); Renι Recio, Oral Roberts (Pitcher)
• Apr. 16: Jason Cooper, Stanford and Jesse Novalis, Lehigh (Hitter); Bryan Bullington, Ball State (Pitcher)
• Apr. 23: Brad Bauder, Virginia Tech (Hitter); John Tetuan, Wichita State (Pitcher)
• Apr. 30: Brent Boyd, Alabama (Hitter); Dan Scott, Sacred Heart (Pitcher)
• May 7: Matt Krimmel, George Washington (Hitter); Jeremy Rogelstad, San Jose State and Tom Wheeler, Rutgers (Pitcher)
• May 14: Paul McAnulty, Long Beach State (Hitter); Alex Hart, Florida (Pitcher)