DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association released its National Player of the
Week awards for the period ending April 12. Florida freshman
catcher/designated hitter JJ Schwarz was named
National Hitter of the Week, while Connecticut sophomore
left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay 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.
Schwarz batted .529 (9-for-17) with 15 RBI, 12 runs scored
and seven home runs as Florida captured all four games last
week, including a sweep of No. 21 South Carolina. His
seven-homer barrage surpassed the six homers Taylor Gushue had
in 63 games last year to lead the Gators.
All nine of his hits went for extra-bases (seven homers, two
doubles) and he recorded a slugging percentage of 1.882. The
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native belted a school-record four
homers against Stetson, tying the SECs single-game mark set in
1982 by Kentuckys Bill Sandry, and established a UF single-game
mark with 18 total bases.
He went 5-for-6 against the Hatters and totaled a career-high
10 RBI, second-most ever by a Gator, with a two-run homer in the
second inning, a two-run blast in the third inning, a three-run
jack in the fourth, a solo big fly in the seventh and a two-run
double in the eighth.
Against South Carolina, Schwarz hit .364 (4-for-11) with a
team-high seven runs, five RBI and three homers during the three
wins over the Gamecocks. He completed the weekend by going
3-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of round-trippers, a solo shot
in the fourth and a two-run dinger in the eighth. He started the
series with USC with a run-scoring double in the fifth and a
leadoff homer in the seventh.
Kay went the distance and allowed only an unearned run to
pick up the win in a 15-1 decision over No. 12 UCF on Saturday
afternoon. The victory helped the Huskies clinch their first
conference series over a ranked opponent since 2011 and gave
them a pair of series victories over ranked squads this year.
In his stellar outing, the Stony Brook, N.Y., native allowed
only five hits to a potent UCF offense that came into the
weekend ranked first in the American Conference and Top 10
nationally in nearly every offensive category. The southpaw
struck out nine and did not walk a batter.
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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.
2015 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
Feb. 15: Eric Gutierrez, Texas Tech (Hitter); Luke Gillingham, Navy (Pitcher)
Feb. 22: KJ Harrison, Oregon State (Hitter); Preston Morrison, TCU (Pitcher)
March 1: Braden Bishop, Washington (Hitter); Alex Robinett, Army (Pitcher)
March 8: Dante Flores, USC (Hitter); Carson Cross, Connecticut (Pitcher)
March 15: David Thompson, Miami (Hitter); Chris Chism, Tennessee Tech (Pitcher)
March 22: DJ Stewart, Florida State (Hitter); Drew Rasmussen, Oregon State (Pitcher)
March 29: Chris Shaw, Boston College (Hitter); James McMahon, Southern Miss (Pitcher)
April 5: Christin Stewart, Tennessee (Hitter); James Reeves, The Citadel (Pitcher)
April 12: JJ Schwarz, Florida (Hitter); Anthony Kay, Connecticut (Pitcher)
April 26: Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville (Hitter); Kevin Hill, South Alabama (Pitcher)
May 5: Clayton Meyer, Morehead State and Bryce Greager, Nevada (Hitter); Matt Hall, Missouri State (Pitcher)
May 12: Jeff Boehm, UIC (Hitter); Thomas Eshelman, Cal State Fullerton (Pitcher)
May 19: Tyler Lawrence, Murray State (Hitter); James Kaprielian, UCLA (Pitcher)