DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player
of the Week awards for the period ending March 4. Kentucky junior
outfielder Sawyer Carroll was named National Hitter of the
Week, while Southern Miss senior right-hander Barry Bowden
and Norfolk State's senior right-hander Joey Seal were named
National Co-Pitchers of the Week.
NCBWA board reviews candidates from each Division I conference each
week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Carroll had one of the more prolific offensive weeks in the history
of the UK program, batting .667 (14-for-21) during the Wildcats'
6-0 week. The Henryetta, Okla., native has now homered in four consecutive
games, a feat believed to have never been accomplished in the history
of the program. He scored 10 runs during the week, boasting two
doubles, one triple, four homers, 17 RBI, stealing two bases and
drawing a team-high six walks. Carroll's four homers during the
week eclipses his 2007 season total of three home runs in 54 games.
He has three hits in four-consecutive games, with multi-RBI games
coming in each as well.
Bowden gave Southern Miss its first win of the season over a
nationally-ranked opponent, throwing a complete game, two-hit shutout
at No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette on February 29. He tied a career high
with 10 strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Bowden retired the
final 13 batters of the game and 26 of the last 27 for his fourth
career complete game.
The 6-0, 170-pound Seal set a new Norfolk State single-game record
by pitching 11 innings in Saturday's 1-0, 12-inning win over reigning
Patriot League champion, Lafayette, at NSU's Marty L. Miller Field.
Despite not factoring into the decision, Seal allowed just four
hits, no runs, one walk (an intentional pass in the 10th inning)
and struck out a career-high tying 11 batters. He set down 16 straight
batters from the fourth through ninth innings.
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 I college teams. This is the fourth
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
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Week, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director
at West Virginia University at 304-293-2821.
2008 Pro-Line Athletic Players of the Week:
• Feb. 26: Dustin Ackley, North Carolina (Hitter);
Lance Lynn, Ole Miss (Pitcher)
• March 4: Sawyer Carroll, Kentucky (Hitter); Barry
Bowden, Southern Miss and Joey Seal, Norfolk State (Pitcher)
• March 11: Aaron Murphree, Arkansas (Hitter); David
Coulon, Arizona (Pitcher)
• March 18: Tyler Kuhn, West Virginia (Hitter);
Ricky Bowen, Mississippi State (Pitcher)
• March 25: Mike McKenna, Florida Atlantic (Hitter);
Aaron Crow, Missouri (Pitcher)
• April 1: Alan Ahmady, Fresno State (Hitter); Brandon
McClurg, Lipsomb and Josh Romanski, San Diego (Pitcher)
• April 8: Ryan Pond, N.C. State (Hitter); Nick
Haughian, Washington (Pitcher)
• April 15: Jacob Priday, Missouri (Hitter); Stephen
Strasburg, San Diego State (Pitcher)
• April 22: Dexter Fontenot, Louisiana-Monroe (Hitter);
Christopher Manno, Duke (Pitcher)
• April 29: Ty Wright, Georgia Southern (Hitter);
Chris Hernandez, Miami (Pitcher)
• May 6: Clay Whittemore, Jacksonville State (Hitter);
Kenn Kasparek, Texas (Pitcher)
• May 13: David Anderson, Coastal Carolina (Hitter);
Andrew Liebel, Long Beach State (Pitcher)
• May 20: Jeremie Tice, College of Charleston (Hitter);
Scott Swinson, Maryland (Pitcher)
Pro-Line Athletic Player of the Week plaques