National Collegiate Baseball Writers Feb. 11, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: Russ Anderson
Fullerton hurler faces minimum vs. Fresno State

CHICAGO (NBCWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 9.


Tulane senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan (Chesterfield, Mo.) was named the National Hitter of the Week, while Cal State Fullerton junior RHP Wes Littleton (Oceanside, Calif.) won the 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.

Kaplan helped Tulane to a season-opening three-game sweep of St. Joseph's by batting .625 (5-for-8) with a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.375 slugging percentage, walking four times and scoring six runs. He accounted for all three Green Wave runs in the season-opening 3-2 win, hitting a two-run homer and scoring the game-winning run. Kaplan hit a three-run homer on Saturday and also walked twice, reaching base all four times he came to the plate. He also was 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts, swiping at least one base in each game.

Littleton, a second-team preseason All-American, turned in one a dominating performance in a 12-0 shutout of Fresno State on February 7. The Oceanside, Calif., native hurled a 75-pitch complete game, faced the minimum number of batters in the nine-inning game (27) and allowed just one hit a clean single by Ryan Haag in the fourth inning. The only other baserunner came on a first-inning walk to Chris Patrick. Littleton, who struck out seven, retired the last 17 batters of the game. It marked his second career shutout and third career complete game.

2003 NCBWA Players of the Week:
Feb. 4: Ryan Baty, Kansas (Hitter); Jered Liebeck, Arizona State (Pitcher)
Feb. 11: Jonny Kaplan, Tulane (Hitter); Wes Littleton, Cal State Fullerton (Pitcher)
Feb. 18: Travis Metcalf, Kansas (Hitter); Sean Rierson, Arizona (Pitcher)
Feb. 25: C.J. Smith, Florida (Hitter); Kyle Sleeth, Wake Forest (Pitcher)
March 4: Jeff Cook, Southern Miss (Hitter); Alan Johnson, Mississippi State (Pitcher)
March 11: Ronnie Prettyman, Cal State Fullerton (Hitter); Jeff Garner, Central Michigan (Pitcher)
March 18: Anthony Raglani, George Washington (Hitter); Jarrett Gardner, Arkansas (Pitcher)
March 25: Michael Aubrey, Tulane (Hitter); Tom Robbins, Southwest Texas (Pitcher)
April 1: Ryan Braun, Miami, Fla. (Hitter); Matthew Luca, UNLV (Pitcher)
April 8: Mike DeLorenzo, Saint Joseph's (Hitter); Wade Townsend, Rice and Dennis Bigley, Oral Roberts (Pitcher)
April 15: Matt Lauderdale, College of Charleston (Hitter); Scott Lewis, Ohio State and Greg Prenger, Ohio State (Pitcher)
April 22: Neil Sellers, Eastern Kentucky and Taylor Eckel, Toledo (Hitter); Glen Perkins, Minnesota (Pitcher)
April 29: Jordan Foster, Lamar (Hitter); Stephen Head, Ole Miss (Pitcher)
May 6: Ryan Garko, Stanford and Mike Costello, Towson (Hitter); Matt Torra, Massachusetts (Pitcher)
May 13: Phil Rothkugel, Central Connecticut (Hitter); Jered Weaver, Long Beach State (Pitcher)