DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association released its National Player of the Week
awards for the period ending May 20. New Mexico freshman outfielder
Ryan Padilla was named National Hitter of the Week, while Stanford
junior right-handed pitcher Mark Appel and Rice junior right-handed
pitcher Tyler Duffey were named Co-National Pitchers of the Week.
The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference
each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Padilla, a freshman from Albuquerque, N.M., hit .588 (10-of-17)
for the week as the Lobos beat Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State
and swept Air Force to earn a share of the 2012 Mountain West regular-season
title. Padilla recorded multiple hits in all four games, scored
five runs and drove in 10. He only struck out once in 17 at-bats.
In Tuesday's 12-10 come-from-behind win against the Aggies, Padilla
went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs, a run, and a walk. In a
22-4 win over Air Force on Thursday, he went 2-for-4 with three
runs, five RBIs and was hit by pitches twice. His home run was the
Lobos' first grand slam since Feb. 28, 2009. Against the Falcons
in Friday's 9-1 win, he reached base in all five plate appearances
with four singles and a hit-by-pitch. He drove in one run as well.
On Saturday, with a share of the conference title on the line, he
went 2-for-4 with a run scored, two RBIs, a double, a walk and made
a diving catch in right field in the 11-5 win.
Appel struck out 13 at Utah on Friday, retiring 12 in a row at
one point and falling one punchout shy of his career high in strikeouts.
The Houston, Texas, native threw a complete-game shutout, as Stanford
beat the Utes, 6-0, marking his fourth complete game of the season.
It was his seventh game with double-digit strikeouts and the second
consecutive week he has struck out at least 10. Appel now is 7-0
with a 2.12 ERA in nine Pac-12 starts.
Duffey made three appearances, totaling 5.1 innings pitched and
did not allow a run or a hit. More impressive, he struck out 13
of the 17 batters that he faced, including nine in a row at one
point. The Houston, Texas, native fanned three batters in 1.2 innings
pitched in a shutout victory at Sam Houston State on Tuesday, then
turned in a pair of brilliant performances in the two wins at UCF.
In the game two win on Friday, he struck out all five batters
he faced. On Saturday, Duffey struck out the side in the eighth
and fanned the first batter in the ninth to give him nine straight
strikeouts of nine batters over a two-game span. The streak was
snapped with a base-on-balls, and after an Owl fielding error on
a fielder's choice play, UCF suddenly had the potential tying run
at the plate. Duffey was able to get the Knights to fly out and
then threw a game-ending strikeout to preserve the 5-2 win for Rice's
17th consecutive conference championship.
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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)