CHICAGO (NBCWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association (NCBWA) released its National Hitter and Pitcher of the
Week awards for the period ending April 6.
Saint Joseph's senior catcher Mike DeLorenzo was named the National
Hitter of the Week, while Rice sophomore RHP Wade Townsend and Oral
Roberts sophomore RHP Dennis Bigley share 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.
DeLorenzo had a flair for the dramatic in a pair of Saint Joseph's victories
in Atlantic 10 play over the weekend, cracking a pair of walk-off home runs
versus Duquesne. He hit a two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the
ninth inning to give SJU a 4-2 win on Apr. 5. Then, with the Hawks trailing
3-2 with two outs on Apr. 6, DeLorenzo hit his second straight game-winning
home run to propel Saint Joseph's to the 4-3 victory. He had four RBI and
scored four runs vs. Duquesne, hitting the two homers after beginning the
series with just three career homers.
Townsend picked up a win and a save in two appearances last week. Against
Houston on April 1, he allowed just one hit in seven innings while striking
out 10 in an 11-0 win. On April 5, he pitched the final two innings against
Hawaii and struck out six in the 2-0 victory. For the week, he allowed two
hits, no runs, three walks and struck out 16 in nine innings.
Bigley posted the best performance of his career over the weekend, firing
a complete game, three-hitter to win at No. 9 Miami (Fla.), 10-1, on April
5. Bigley fanned seven in the win, which was the first nine-inning complete
game of his career. At one point, he set down 10 straight batters; he also
went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. He lowered
his ERA by more than a run (to 4.05) with his performance, which helped
the Golden Eagles to the first win by a Mid-Con team over a top-10 ranked
team since Valparaiso beat then No. 1 Notre Dame in 2001.
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)