National Collegiate Baseball Writers Feb. 25, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: Russ Anderson
Smith has 3-homer week for Gators

CHICAGO (NBCWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 23.


Florida sophomore first baseman C.J. Smith was named the National Hitter of the Week, while Wake Forest junior RHP Kyle Sleeth 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.

Smith, a native of Tampa, had a remarkable week in which he belted three home runs, went 8-for-12 at the plate with eight runs scored. He hit three home runs and drove in nine runs, while picking up five a total of five extra base hits in four games. Smith had a slugging percentage of 1.583 with 19 total bases and had an on-base percentage of .778. He started the week by scoring a career-best three runs against Florida A&M and he also hit a homer in that game. Smith opened the series against Hofstra with a career-high four hits, including two doubles. In game two, he went 1-for-3 and then he finished the series with two homers and a career-high five RBI in two official at bats.

Sleeth, a Westminster, Colo. native, captured his 22nd straight victory against James Madison on February 21 facing 28 batters, striking out nine and allowing no walks. The right-handed pitcher fired eight shutout innings and has not allowed a run in 14 innings this year while registering 18 strikeouts and no walks.

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)