National Collegiate Baseball Writers March 15, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
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N.C. State, TCU hurlers share honor; Ga. Tech's Slayden also lauded
NCBWA NAMES PRO-LINE CAP
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) The The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Cap National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 13. Georgia Tech junior right fielder Jeremy Slayden was named National Hitter of the Week, while TCU junior RHP Lance Broadway and N.C. State sophomore RHP Gib Hobson were named National Co-Pitchers of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

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Slayden hit .786 (11-for-14) with four home runs and 17 RBI in four games to lead Georgia Tech to a perfect 5-0 record last week. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native led Tech to wins over William & Mary, Georgia Southern and a three-game sweep of Wake Forest. For the week, he posted a 1.714 slugging percentage and a .850 on base percentage.

On Tuesday against William & Mary, Slayden went 4-for-4 win two home runs and six RBI. He followed that with a 3-for-5 performance, including a home run and three RBI against Georgia Southern. After missing the opener of the Wake Forest series with a sprained ankle, Slayden went 3-for-3 with a home run and a career-high eight RBI on Saturday against Wake Forest. He was 1-for-1 with a walk and two HBP in the series finale on Sunday.

Broadway threw a complete-game, three-hitter in a 2-1 win at No. 7 Rice on Friday night. He struck out eight and walked three, while not allowing an earned run. Broadway did not surrender a hit after the fifth inning and didn't have more than one runner on base after the second.

Hobson pitched the first no-hitter by an N.C. State pitcher in 12 years Saturday, against Maryland at home. The Pfafftown, N.C., native retired the first 12 men he faced and 17 of the first 18, walked four and struck out 11, a career high for Hobson and a season high for any N.C. State pitcher this year. The Terrapins' one run was unearned, the result of a walk and an error. The no-hitter was the first by a Wolfpack pitcher since Terry Harvey no-hit Florida State on March 28, 1993.

With this week's honor, Broadway and Hobson automatically are named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.

The Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Cap Co. supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams. This is the first season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their website at www.prolinecap.com.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official website, www.ncbwa.com.

2005 Pro-Line Cap Players of the Week:
Feb. 8: Grant Rembert, Elon (Hitter); Erik Averill, Arizona State (Pitcher)
Feb. 15: Scott Bridges, Arkansas (Hitter); Brian Bogusevic, Tulane (Pitcher)
Feb. 22: Drew Stubbs, Texas (Hitter); Taylor Fowler, Arkansas State (Pitcher)
March 1: Kurt Eichorn, Kent State (Hitter); Tyler Chambliss, Florida State (Pitcher)
March 8: Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech (Hitter); J.C. Biagi, Centenary (Pitcher)
March 15: Jeremy Slayden, Georgia Tech (Hitter); Lance Broadway, TCU and Gib Hobson, N.C. State (Pitcher)
March 22: Alex Gordon, Nebraska (Hitter); Luke Hochevar, Tennessee (Pitcher)
March 29: Josh Rodriguez, Rice (Hitter); Brent Gaphardt, Delaware (Pitcher)
April 5: Mike Baxter, Vanderbilt (Hitter); Max Scherzer, Missouri (Pitcher)
April 12: Dusty Bensko, Illinois (Hitter); J. Brent Cox, Texas (Pitcher)
April 19: Mike Costanzo, Coastal Carolina (Hitter); Adrian Alaniz, Texas (Pitcher)
April 26: Brandon Taylor, BYU (Hitter); Ricky Brooks, East Carolina (Pitcher)
May 3: Doug Beck, Utah (Hitter); Matt Maloney, Ole Miss (Pitcher)
May 10: J.R. Kyes, Illinois (Hitter); Brad Lincoln, Houston (Pitcher)
May 17: Justin Beam, Pacific (Hitter); Jeff Denlea, Hofstra (Pitcher)
May 24: Craig Cooper, Notre Dame and Adam Tucker, Birmingham-Southern (Hitter); Lance Broadway, TCU (Pitcher)

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