DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association released its National Player of the
Week awards for the period ending March 3. Kentucky sophomore first
baseman A.J. Reed was named National Hitter of
the Week, while Stanford senior left-handed pitcher Mark
Appel and N.C. State sophomore right-hander Carlos
Rodon were named National Co-Pitchers of the Week. The
NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each
week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Reed drove in 15 runs during the week, belting three home runs
and adding a double. He hit .526 (10-for-19) during the week, with
a 1.053 slugging and a .609 on-base percentage. He went 4-for-5
in the opener vs. Akron, with five RBI and his second homer of the
week. The Terre Haute, Ind., native started the opener vs. Akron
on the mound, tossing six innings and allowing only two runs on
six hits and two walks, striking out four.
Appel, the Houston, Texas, native, tossed a three-hitter last
Friday against No. 22 Texas, while the Cardinal posted a 2-0 shutout
win. He matched a career-high 14 strikeouts and walked one. The
first-inning walk was followed by the retiring of the next 13 batters.
Appel took a no-hitter into the sixth against the Longhorns and
set the tone for Stanford's series sweep. The All-American has struck
out double-digit batters in each of his last two outings.
Rodon allowed two hits and struck out a career-high 16 batters
in seven innings of the Wolfpack's 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic
on Saturday. The Holly Springs, N.C., native, exploded out of the
gate by striking out eight of the first nine batters he faced. The
first time through the Florida Atlantic order, the Owls only managed
to put one ball in play, a bunt attempt in the top of the first.
Rodon took a no-hit bid into the sixth, where it was broken up by
a one-out single to left. Rodon followed with his 15th strikeout,
which briefly stood as his career high. Two batters later a two-hopper
squirted through the right side to represent only his second hit
allowed in his last 55 batters faced. Rodon followed that hit by
punctuating his performance with his 16th strikeout of the game.
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at West Virginia University at 304-293-2821.
2013 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
• Feb. 19: Danny Collins, Troy (Hitter); Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech (Pitcher)
• Feb. 26: Charlie White, Maryland (Hitter); Bryce Biggerstaff, Central Arkansas (Pitcher)
• March 5: A.J. Reed, Kentucky (Hitter); Mark Appel, Stanford and Carlos Rodon, N.C. State
• March 12: Cody Hudson, Austin Peay (Hitter); Frankie Vanderka, Stony Brook (Pitcher)
• March 19: Zach Fish, Oklahoma State (Hitter); Pat Young, Villanova (Pitcher)
• March 26: C.K. Irby, Samford (Hitter); Ryan Kellogg, Arizona State (Pitcher)
• April 2: Mason Katz, LSU (Hitter); Cole Irvin, Oregon (Pitcher)
• April 9: Ian Graham, UNC Asheville (Hitter); Aaron Blair, Marshall (Pitcher)
• April 16: Colin Moran, North Carolina (Hitter); Cale Elam, Wichita State (Pitcher)
• April 23: Colby Roberts, James Madison (Hitter); Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia (Pitcher)
• April 30: Trey Mancini, Notre Dame (Hitter); Matt Florer, Loyola Marymount (Pitcher)
• May 7: Mitchell Tolman, Oregon (Hitter); Aaron Nola, LSU (Pitcher)
• May 14: D.J. Stewart, Florida State (Hitter); Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia (Pitcher)
• May 21: Duncan McAlpine, Dallas Baptist (Hitter); Shane Carle, Long Beach State and Andrew Moore, Oregon State (Pitcher)