Feb. 27, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
601-266-5947
Bianucci leads Auburn to tourney win; San Diego's Matusz shuts down Wake Forest
NCBWA NAMES PRO-LINE ATHLETIC
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 25. Auburn sophomore outfielder Mike Bianucci was named National Hitter of the Week, while San Diego sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz was named National Pitcher of the Week.

Pro-Line Athletic: The Choice of Champions.The NCBWA board reviews candidates from each Division I conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

Bianucci, from Fairfax, Va., belted two home runs and drove in seven runs en route to being named the Coca-Cola Classic Tournament MVP after helping guide Auburn to a perfect 3-0 record over the weekend. At the tournament, he hit .667 (8-for-12) with a double, triple and six runs scored to go along with his two homers and seven RBI for a 1.417 slugging percentage. In Sunday's tournament championship-clinching win over host South Alabama, he was a double shy of the cycle, driving in four runs.

Matusz, a native of Cave Creek, Ariz., was once again dominant on the mound for the Toreros in Friday's 2-0 series opening win over Wake Forest. He threw a one-hit shutout in seven innings of work, walking two. He also posted 10 strikeouts to move his season total up to 54, the nation's best according to BoydsWorld.com. Matusz has posted three consecutive games of double-digit strikeouts and in his five outings the season, he has posted four double-digit strikeouts.

With this week's honor, Matusz 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.

Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third 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 prolineathletic.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 Athletic Players of the Week, contact Mike Montoro at the University of Southern Mississippi at 601-266-5947.

2007 Pro-Line Athletic Players of the Week:
Feb. 13: Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt (Hitter); Spencer Steedley, Charlotte (Pitcher)
Feb. 20: Jericho Jones, Louisiana Tech (Hitter); James Simmons, UC Riverside (Pitcher)
Feb. 27: Mike Bianucci, Auburn (Hitter); Brian Matusz, San Diego (Pitcher)
March 6: David Doss, South Alabama (Hitter); Sean Urena, Cal State Fullerton (Pitcher)
March 13: Justin Bour, George Mason (Hitter); David Price, Vanderbilt (Pitcher)
March 20: Corey Brown, Oklahoma State (Hitter); Lance Lynn, Ole Miss (Pitcher)
March 27: Matt LaPorta, Florida (Hitter); Eric Rohr, Saint Louis (Pitcher)
April 3: Tony Thomas Jr., Florida State (Hitter); Trey Barham, VMI (Pitcher)
April 10: Travis Jones, South Carolina (Hitter); Ryan Berry, Rice and Rick Zagone, Missouri (Pitcher)
April 17: Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison (Hitter); Brad Brach, Monmouth (Pitcher)
April 24: Ryan Heath, Oakland (Hitter); Scott Barnes, St. John's (Pitcher)
May 1: Matt Horwath, UCF (Hitter); James Adkins, Tennessee (Pitcher)
May 8: Blake Stouffer, Texas A&M (Hitter); Matt Daly, Hawai'i (Pitcher)
May 15: Matt Spencer, Arizona State (Hitter); Matt Gianini, Central Connecticut (Pitcher)
May 22: Jason Stidham, Florida State (Hitter); Ryan Belanger, Southern Miss (Pitcher)

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