May 16, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
ORU righty fires 7th no-hitter in school history

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released the Pro-Line Cap National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 16, today.

Pro-Line Cap: The Choice of Champions.Troy junior first baseman/designated hitter Josh Dew was named National Hitter of the Week, while Houston junior right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln 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.

Dew had an outstanding weekend at UALR, blasting four home runs, including three in one game, and driving in 11 runs. He posted a .533 batting average and a 1.400 slugging percentage. In Friday's game, the Montgomery, Ala., native, had a solo homer, a two-run homer and a grand slam in Troy's 17-7 victory. He also had a double off the top of the wall in center. Dew also homered on Sunday and was the winning pitcher, working five innings with five strikeouts.

In a game featuring two of the premier pitchers in the country on two Top 10 teams, Lincoln came out on top. The Clute, Texas, native posted his second shutout of the season to end No. 1-ranked Rice's 17-game conference winning streak. He allowed only five hits and struck out nine while walking only two in tossing his third complete game of the season. Lincoln retired the first 10 batters that he faced and 20 of the first 23 in improving to 11-1 and recording his 10th straight win.

With this week's honor, Lincoln 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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