Feb. 23, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
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DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending February 21.

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Arizona State sophomore second baseman Zack MacPhee was named National Hitter of the Week, while Pepperdine junior left-hander Matt Bywater 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.

Bywater was recognized for his complete game shutout at No. 4 Cal State Fullerton last Saturday night. The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native scattered four hits and struck out 10 Titans in the Waves' 6-0 victory, marking his fourth career double-digit strikeout game. Twice he left runners stranded at third base following the seventh-inning stretch, and earlier, he induced two double plays to escape jams in the second and fourth innings. His complete game victory was the first posted by a Wave since March 7, 2008 when Nathan Newman went the distance in a 7-1 win vs. Columbia.

MacPhee, a Phoenix, Ariz. native, was an offensive machine during the opening weekend for the Sun Devils, helping ASU to a three-game sweep of Northern Illinois. MacPhee went 8-for-11 for a .727 batting average and a 1.818 slugging percentage. For the weekend, he accumulated 20 total bases, thanks in part to his four triples. MacPhee scored seven times and drove in eight runs. He also drew three walks and stole two bases in the series.

Pro-Line Athletic, owned by Badger Sport, supplies the cap and uniforms to several Division I college teams. This is the sixth 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 or Badger Sports, visit their Web sites at prolineathletic.com and badgersport.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 NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro at West Virginia University at 304-293-2821.

2010 Pro-Line Athletic Players of the Week:
Feb. 23: Zack MacPhee, Arizona State (Hitter); Matt Bywater, Pepperdine (Pitcher)
March 2: Brian Fletcher, Auburn (Hitter); Jason Mitchell, Texas-Arlington (Pitcher)
March 9: Mark Micowski, Georgia State (Hitter); Michael Goodnight, Houston (Pitcher)
March 16: Pat Biserta, Rutgers (Hitter); Billy Barber, Richmond (Pitcher)
March 23: Hunter Morris, Auburn (Hitter); Teddy Kaufman, USF (Pitcher)
March 30: Mark Castellitto, Gonzaga (Hitter); Randy Fontanez, USF (Pitcher)
April 6: Austin Wates, Virginia Tech (Hitter); Andrew Barbosa, USF (Pitcher)
April 13: Steve McQuail, Canisius (Hitter); Greg Gonzalez, Fresno State (Pitcher)
April 20: Drew Lee, Morehead State (Hitter); Cole Green, Texas (Pitcher)
April 27: Jake Magner, North Dakota (Hitter); Kendall Lewis, Eastern Michigan (Pitcher)
May 4: Preston Springer, Wichita State (Hitter); Justin LaTempa, Oregon (Pitcher)
May 11: Grant Buckner, West Virginia (Hitter); Kyle Blair, San Diego (Pitcher)
May 18: Tony Nix, UC Riverside (Hitter); C.J. Huyett, Old Dominion (Pitcher)
May 25: Darnell Sweeney, UCF (Hitter); Andrew Foushee, Presbyterian (Pitcher)