March 7, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
NMSU first baseman drives in 17 runs to earn Hitter of the Week

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released the Pro-Line Cap National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 7, today.

Pro-Line Cap: The Choice of Champions.New Mexico State sophomore first baseman Luke Hopkins was named National Hitter of the week, while Nebraska junior right-hand pitcher Joba Chamberlain 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.

Hopkins, who hails from Albuquerque, N.M., played in four games last week and hit .667 (10-15) with 17 RBI and scored 10 runs for the Aggies. He was 5-for-6 with six RBI against New Mexico and 3-for-5 with five RBI in the first game against Northern Iowa on Friday. On Sunday, he was 1-for-1 with five RBI, including a grand slam in the win over Northern Iowa. For the week, Hopkins was also walked six times (four intentionally), hit three doubles and two home runs. It is Hopkins's third career WAC Player of the Week award.

Chamberlain, a native of Lincoln, Neb., was dominant against Notre Dame, holding the Fighting Irish to just three hits over seven innings. He posted his second-straight double-figure strikeout effort with a season-high 11 Ks, including six of the first 11 hitters he retired in order. He needed just 89 pitches to get through the seventh and left with NU ahead 10-0.

With this week's honor, Chamberlain 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 second 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 Web site at

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 Web site,

For more information on the Pro-Line Cap Players of the Week, contact Mike Montoro at the University of Southern Mississippi at 601-266-5947.

2006 Pro-Line Cap Players of the Week:
Feb. 14: Aaron Luna, Rice (Hitter); Nick Schmidt, Arkansas (Pitcher)
Feb. 21: Chris Swauger, The Citadel (Hitter); Barry Enright, Pepperdine and Brad Furnish, TCU (Pitcher)
Feb. 28: Kyle Russell, Texas (Hitter); Rodney Brantley, Dallas Baptist (Pitcher)
March 7: Luke Hopkins, New Mexico State (Hitter); Joba Chamberlain, Nebraska (Pitcher)
March 14: Chris Gradoville, Creighton (Hitter); David Price, Vanderbilt (Pitcher)
March 21: Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison (Hitter); Daniel Best, Southern Miss and Miles Morgan, Texas Tech (Pitcher)
March 28: Trey McDaniel, Western Carolina (Hitter); Christian Friedrich, Eastern Kentucky (Pitcher)
April 4: Andy D'Alessio, Clemson (Hitter); Tim Lincecum, Washington (Pitcher)
April 11: Reid Fronk, North Carolina (Hitter); Adam Ottavino, Northeastern (Pitcher)
April 18: Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt (Hitter); Mike Ballard, Virginia (Pitcher)
April 25: Case Cassedy, Furman (Hitter); Brooks Brown, Georgia (Pitcher)
May 2: Emeel Salem, Alabama (Hitter); Bobby Blevins, LeMoyne (Pitcher)
May 9: Jacob Dempsey, Winthrop (Hitter); Nick Jones, Oral Roberts (Pitcher)
May 16: Josh Dew, Troy (Hitter); Brad Lincoln, Houston (Pitcher)

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