April 17, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
601-266-5947
JMU's Kulbacki cracks four homers; Monmouth's Brach fires no-hitter
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 17. James Madison senior outfielder Kellen Kulbacki was named National Hitter of the Week, while Monmouth junior right-handed pitcher Brad Brach was 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.

Kulbacki went 11-for-16 (.688) last week with five walks to reach base in 16 of 21 plate appearances (.762 on-base percentage). He hit four home runs in four games, including his third multiple-home run game of the season, and added three doubles for 26 total bases and a 1.625 slugging percentage. He also scored 10 runs, drove in 11, and stole a base. Kulbacki's week included a span of six consecutive at bats with base hits and eight consecutive plate appearances reaching base. He had multiple hits in each of the four games and nine total bases on Wednesday and Friday.

Brach hurled the NEC's first no-hitter in nearly three years on Friday in a 2-0 win over visiting Long Island. The Freehold, N.J., native was perfect through eight and a third innings, allowed a walk with one out in the ninth on a 3-2 pitch for his only blemish. Brach, who led the conference in ERA a year ago, struck out six and improved to 4-1 on the season with a 3.21 ERA following his second straight nine-inning, complete game effort. It marked the first no-hitter in the NEC since Long Island's John Dooley and freshman Ryan Ekberg combined to no-hit Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-0, on April 29, 2004. The last no-hitter by an NEC pitcher in a solo effort came on April 27, 2002 when Sacred Heart's Dan Scott stymied Long Island, 2-0. The gem was also the first for a Monmouth pitcher since Glenn Spencer turned the trick against Mount St. Mary's in 1990.

With this week's honor, Brach 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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Pro-Line Athletic Player of the Week plaques