National Collegiate Baseball Writers April 6, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael Montoro
Wazzu OF puts on power display; ORU hurler fires no-no

CHICAGO (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period ending April 4.

Washington State's junior outfielder Grant Richardson (Richland, Wash.) has been named National Hitter of the Week, while Oral Roberts junior righthander Dennis Bigley (Lancaster, Texas) was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

Last week's four games, including a game against Gonzaga and the three-game series against Birmingham-Southern, Richardson hit .583, going 7-for-12, scoring six runs and driving in 12. Richardson went "yard" five times in the four games, including two games with two home runs. His first multiple home run game of the week, Tuesday, was the first in his WSU career; his second multiple home run game came on Sunday in a 16-4 victory of BSC to complete the three-game sweep at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Of the 12 runs batted in for the week, seven of the runs came on home runs. His three-run home run in the ninth inning against Gonzaga, started a seven run inning to capture the 13-11 victory. Overall, Richardson hit two solo shots, a pair of two-run home runs and a three-run home run. Overall for the week, Richardson recorded a slugging percentage of 1.833. He was walked three times and plunked four times, helping to provide him with an on-base percentage of .700 for the week.

Bigley fired the first no-hitter at Oral Roberts since 1986 in an 8-0 seven-inning win over Chicago State. He faced the minimum 21 batters in the game, retiring the first 16, before hitting a batter with one out in the sixth inning (he was retired on a double play). Bigley struck out 12 batters in his second shutout of the season and allowed only four balls out of the infield (all fly outs to the center fielder). His performance improved his record to 5-1 on the season, gave him his fifth Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week honor of the season, and lowered his ERA to 1.96.

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2004 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
Feb. 10: Josh Brady, Texas Tech (Hitter); Jered Weaver, Long Beach State (Pitcher)
Feb. 17: Seth Johnston, Texas (Hitter); David Purcey, Oklahoma (Pitcher)
Feb. 24: Brian Bixley, Eastern Michigan (Hitter); Adam Gold, California and Jason Urquidez, Arizona State (Pitcher)
March 2: Sean Gaston, Notre Dame and Jed Lowrie, Stanford (Hitter); Derek Duclos, Richmond and Derek Hankins, Memphis (Pitcher)
March 9: Ryan Frith, Southern Miss and Stephen Head, Ole Miss (Hitter); Clay Dirks, LSU and Jim Ripley, Kansas State (Pitcher)
March 16: Connor Robertson, Birmingham-Southern (Hitter); Cliff Russum, Southern Miss (Pitcher)
March 23: Jonathan Batts, UNC Wilmington and Rielly Embrey, San Diego State (Hitter); Jarame Beaupre, Delaware and Matt Daley, Bucknell (Pitcher)
March 30: Warner Jones, Vanderbilt (Hitter); Steve Grasley, Creighton and Jered Weaver, Long Beach State (Pitcher)
April 6: Grant Richardson, Washington State (Hitter); Dennis Bigley, Oral Roberts (Pitcher)
April 13: Brad Corley, Mississippi State (Hitter); Brian Bogusevic, Tulane (Pitcher)
April 20: Todd Kimling, Eastern Michigan and Daniel Stovall, New Mexico (Hitter); Tim Layden, Duke and J.P. Howell, Texas (Pitcher)
April 27: Nic Crosta, Santa Clara and Richard Gianotto, Miami (Hitter); Matt Campbell, South Carolina and Zack Zuercher, Rhode Island (Pitcher)
May 4: Brian Hall, Stanford and Kurt Suzuki, Cal State Fullerton (Hitter); Zac Cline, West Virginia and Arik Hempy, South Carolina (Pitcher)
May 11: Justin Holmes, Georgia and Lee McLean, UNC Wilmington (Hitter); Tim Lincecum, Washington and Jered Weaver, Long Beach State (Pitcher)
May 18: Steve Cavarati, Ohio State and Eric Nielsen, UNLV (Hitter); Mike Rogers and Vern Sterry, N.C. State (Pitcher)
May 25: Josh Ford, Baylor and Andy Hudak, Bowling Green (Hitter); Greg Bunn, East Carolina and Jason Windsor, Cal State Fullerton (Pitcher)