National Collegiate Baseball Writers May 3, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
601-266-5947
Utah's Beck, Ole Miss' Maloney are tabbed
NCBWA NAMES PRO-LINE CAP
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Cap National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 1. Utah senior second baseman Doug Beck was named National Hitter of the Week, while Ole Miss junior left-hander Matt Maloney 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.

Pro-Line Cap: The Choice of Champions.Beck led the Utes to a 4-0 record on the week, including a three-game series sweep over New Mexico. In game one, he went 2-for-4 as Utah beat the Lobos, 5-2. The Denver, Colo., native followed in game two with another 2-for-4 performance, including a RBI double in the decisive five-run fifth inning that pushed Utah ahead for good in its 8-4 win. Beck concluded his week hitting for the cycle as part of a 6-for-7, nine RBI outing in the Utes 20-13 win. His nine RBI are a Utah team season-high and one off the MWC' s single-game mark, while his six hits tied the conference record for hits in a game for the second straight week (BYU's Taylor also tied the record last week). For the week, Beck went 11-for-19 (.526) from the plate, with a home run, three doubles, a triple, 10 RBI and three runs scored with a slugging percentage of 1.000.

Maloney recorded his first career shutout and SEC win in Ole Miss' 5-0 win over Mississippi State on Saturday, throwing a complete game, two-hitter. The Rebels went on to record their first three-game sweep of the Bulldogs since 1978. The Huron, Ohio native faced just two batters over the minimum and threw exactly 100 pitches, 66 for strikes. He didn't allow a Bulldog base runner to reach second base and carried a one-hitter into the ninth inning.

With this week's honor, Maloney automatically is 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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