DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association released its National Player of the Week
awards for the period ending April 1. Elon junior catcher
Alex Swim was named National Hitter of the Week,
while Ole Miss sophomore right-hander Bobby Wahl
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.
Wahl worked a career-long 8.0 scoreless innings and held No.
1-ranked Florida to two hits in Friday's 3-0 win to open the series.
It was the first time Florida had been shut out this season and
first time since April 4, 2011. The Springfield, Va., native only
allowed one base runner to advance past first base and struck out
six. He retired 13 of the last 14 batters faced, before leaving
the game after the 8th inning. With the win, Wahl improved to 5-0
on the season.
He also scored the game-winning run in Sunday's 7-6 win to clinch
the weekend series. Wahl entered the game as a pinch runner with
one out in the ninth. It was his first career appearance on the
base paths since high school.
Swim was instrumental in Elons perfect 4-0 week as he recorded
back-to-back five-hit games against Samford over the weekend. The
junior backstop was 13-for-22 (.591) at the plate with a double
and four runs scored. Swim was 5-for-5 against Samford in game one
of Saturdays doubleheader as the Phoenix opened the series with
a 7-4 victory.
In game two, the Greensboro, N.C., native was 5-for-9 in the
two-day, 18-inning marathon which Elon eventually pulled out, 5-3.
His strong week extended his current hit streak to 22 games, which
is the longest in the Southern Conference this season.
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For more information on the NCBWA Division I National Players
of the Week, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director
at West Virginia University at 304-293-2821.
2012 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
Feb. 21: William Arnold, Central Michigan (Hitter);
Robert Huber, Duke (Pitcher)
Feb. 28: Johnny
Coy, Wichita State (Hitter); Ryan Arrowood, Appalachian State (Pitcher)
March 6: Mason Katz, LSU (Hitter); Brian Holmes,
Wake Forest (Pitcher)
March 13: Daniel
Bowman, Coastal Carolina (Hitter); Michael Morin, North Carolina (Pitcher)
March 20: Travis Jankowski, Stony Brook (Hitter);
Chris Stratton, Mississippi State (Pitcher)
March 27: Max Muncy, Baylor (Hitter); Sean Newcomb,
April 3: Alex Swim,
Elon (Hitter); Bobby Wahl, Ole Miss (Pitcher)
April 10: Richie Shaffer, Clemson (Hitter); Sam
Moll, Memphis (Pitcher)
April 17: Beau Amaral, UCLA (Hitter); Henry
Sisson, Davidson (Pitcher)
April 24: Alex Blandino, Stanford (Hitter);
Steven Hill, Penn State and Andrew Thurman, UC Irvine (Pitcher)
May 1: Derek Gibson, Southeast Missouri (Hitter);
Kevin Ferguson, Northeastern (Pitcher)
May 8: Goose Kallunki, Utah Valley (Hitter);
Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State (Pitcher)
May 15: Pablo Bermudez, FIU (Hitter);
Ross Stripling, Texas A&M (Pitcher)
May 22: Ryan Padilla, New Mexico (Hitter);
Mark Appel, Stanford and Tyler Duffey, Rice (Pitcher)