April 25, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
Georgia righthander fans 14 in 3-hit shutout

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released the Pro-Line Cap National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 25, today.

Furman senior first baseman Case Cassedy was named National Hitter of the Week, while Georgia junior righthander
Brooks Brown 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.Cassedy helped the Paladins to a 3-1 record last week by hitting .611 (11-for-18) with nine extra-base hits, 11 RBI and six runs scored. The senior first baseman, who had a 1.389 slugging percentage, opened the week with a 2-for-4 performance against sixth-ranked Clemson, including hitting the go-ahead two-run double in the seventh. Cassedy then doubled three times (3-for-4) and scored two runs in Furman's 3-2 win at Appalachian State on Saturday. After going 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday, Cassedy became the first Paladin since 2000 to hit for the cycle in the team's 17-11 win over the Mountaineers. He finished the game 5-for-6 with four runs, a career-high seven RBIs, a double, triple and a pair of home runs.

Brown, a junior from Portal, Ga., tossed a three-hit shutout with a career-high 14 strikeouts in 3-0 win over Tennessee. He allowed just three singles and two walks. After a leadoff walk in the first, followed by a stolen base and an errant throw put the runner at third with nobody out, he struck out the next two UT batters and retired the fourth
hitter to end the threat. This marked the first career complete game and shutout. It also was the first Southeastern Conference complete-game shutout by a Bulldog pitcher in 11 years.

With this week's honor, Brown 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 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 Web site, www.ncbwa.com.

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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