DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association released its National Player of the
Week awards for the period ending March 24. Samford junior designated
hitter/pitcher C.K. Irby was named National Hitter
of the Week, while Arizona State freshman left-handed pitcher
Ryan Kellogg 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.
In four games last week, Irby hit .562 with a pair of home runs,
six RBI and eight runs scored. On the mound, the junior righty threw
a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 16 and not walking a
batter in a win over Furman on Friday.
At the plate, Irby had at least one hit in each contest. He started
his week with a 1-for-3 showing with a solo home run against Alabama.
The Florence, Ala., native then went 8-for-13 (.615) in a three-game
sweep of the Paladins over the weekend. In game one of Fridays
doubleheader, Irby was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, his second
in as many games and fifth of the season, as the Bulldogs picked
up the 9-1 win. Irby was also the starting pitcher in that contest,
facing the minimum through the first three innings and scattering
three hits. A leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth accounted
for the only run Irby allowed in the contest. His 16 strikeouts
were the most by a SoCon pitcher this season and tied the school
record set by Josh Ehmke on May 13, 2006, at Tennessee Tech.
Kellogg recorded the ninth no-hitter in school history to lead
Arizona State to a 4-0 win over No. 3 Oregon State on Saturday.
He completed ASU's first no-hitter since Feb. 2, 1993, the school's
first ever in Pac-10/12 conference play, the second ever on the
road and the fourth by a freshman.
Kellogg did not allow a walk in 110 pitches as OSU's only two
base runners of the game reached on Sun Devil errors. He carried
a perfect game into the seventh inning and struck out three batters.
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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)