National Collegiate Baseball Writers Feb. 18, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: Russ Anderson
Metcalf is second Jayhawk honored in three weeks

CHICAGO (NBCWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 16.


Kansas sophomore third basemen Travis Metcalf (Wamego, Kan.) was named the National Hitter of the Week, while Arizona junior RHP Sean Rierson (Phoenix, Ariz.) 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.

Metcalf becomes the second Kansas player to win the award in three weeks after helping the Jayhawks to a three-game sweep at No. 6 LSU this past weekend. Metcalf carried the Jayhawks offensively in all four games last week, powering three home runs, including one in each of the last two wins against No. 6 LSU. He led Kansas in hits (10), batting average (.588), home runs (3) and RBI (10) this past week, recording at least two base hits in all four games, including a pair of three-hit games vs. LSU. Metcalf's first hit of the season was a towering three-run blast to left field which gave the Jayhawks a four-run lead against Western Illinois on Feb. 12. He also followed Casey Spanish's blast against LSU with a homer of his own, giving KU back-to-back home runs for the first time since May of 2000.

Rierson became the first Wildcat pitcher in nearly 20 years to toss a two-hit, complete-game this weekend at UC Irvine. He surrendered just a pair of infield singles to UCI en route to the 6-0 shutout win over the Anteaters. Rierson needed only 104 pitches to pick up his first win of the season, as he struck out five and did not walk a batter in the game. Former Arizona great Joe Magrane was the last pitcher to go the distance on a two-hitter in a 10-1 win over UNLV on Feb. 4, 1984.

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)