April 10, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
601-266-5947
South Carolina's Jones hits five homers; Rice's Berry shuts down ECU; Mizzou's Zagone 1-hits K-State
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 April 10. South Carolina junior second baseman Travis Jones was named National Hitter of the Week, while Rice freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Berry and Missouri sophomore right-handed pitcher Rick Zagone were named National Co-Pitchers 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.

Jones went 11-for-15 (.733) at the plate last week, including 9-for-12 (.750) in the weekend series vs. SEC-leading Florida. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native tallied five home runs in the three-game series vs. the Gators as well as 13 RBIs. He had his second and third multi-homer games of the year on Friday and Sunday vs. Florida, both were Gamecock victories over the Gators. He has three multi-homer games this season for the Gamecocks, the only player on the squad to accomplish the feat. His three-run homer in Sunday's 8-6 win over the Gators tied the game in the ninth inning when the Gamecocks were trailing 5-2 with one out and helped lead the Gamecocks to a weekend series victory.

Berry won his only start of the week on the road at 22nd-ranked East Carolina (Apr. 6). The right-hander from Humble, Texas, allowed just four singles and one walk while striking out a career-high 12 in seven shutout innings in a game the Owls went on to win 4-0. He faced 24 ECU batters and held the Pirates to a composite .167 batting average on his way to his fifth victory of the season. Only three of ECU's hitters Berry faced reached scoring position. Berry has now put together back-to-back dominating starts for Rice the last two weeks. He has allowed just one run, struck out 22 and walked only one in his last 16 innings of work.

Zagone recorded his second complete game in three Big 12 starts this season, as he picked up the victory in the Tigers' 3-0 win over Kansas State on Saturday. The left-hander carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning, as a base hit with one out in the bottom of the ninth was all that stood between Zagone and a no-hitter. The Crystal Lake, Ill., native struck out a career-high 11 KSU batters and remained unbeaten as he improved to 6-0 on the season. The complete-game shutout was the first by a Big 12 pitcher in a conference game this season. There have been five complete games in Big 12 games this year with Zagone claiming two of them.

With this week's honor, Barry and Zagone automatically are 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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