April 4, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
304-293-2821
Clemson's Beer, Houston's Romero, South Carolina's Schmidt honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION I
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has released its National Player of the Month awards for March on Monday. Clemson outfielder Seth Beer was named National Hitter of the Month, and Houston southpaw Seth Romero and South Carolina righty Clarke Schmidt have been named Co-Pitchers of the Month.

A 6-foot-2, 195-pound product of Suwanee, Ga., Beer hit .431 (25-for-58) over 17 games during March, belting nine homers and six doubles, driving in 21 runs and owning an 11-8 walk-strikeout ratio. Beer has hit .422 (38-for-90) in his freshman season, with eight doubles, 12 homers and 34 RBI, owning 18 walks and only nine strikeouts, with a 1.433 OPS.

Romero, a native of West Columbia, Texas, posted a 4-0 record and a 0.58 ERA over five outings and four starts in March. Romero worked a complete game and tossed 31 innings, allowing only 10 hits, two earned runs and seven walks, striking out 39 and holding opponents to a .099 average. In 2016, Romero has a 4-1 record and a 1.72 ERA in 36.2 innings, allowing only 18 hits and nine walks, striking out 45. Romero posted wins over Baylor, at No. 23 Alabama, Grand Canyon and George Washington during the month.

A native of Acworth, Ga., Schmidt sported a 4-0 record and a 1.55 ERA in four starts in March, tossing 29 innings, allowing 27 hits and one walk, striking out 37 and holding opponents to a .243 average. On the year, Schmidt has a 6-1 record and a 1.80 ERA in seven starts, tossing 50 innings, allowing 39 hits, 10 earned runs and seven walks, striking out 60. Schmidt had wins over Charleston Southern, Arkansas and at No. 6 Ole Miss, suffering a loss vs. Vanderbilt game in a complete-game effort.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.

For more information on the NCBWA Division I National Players of the Month, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro at West Virginia University at 304-293-2821.

2016 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
Feb. 21: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt (Hitter); Zach Muckenhirn, North Dakota (Pitcher)
Feb. 28: Brandon Gutzler, Murray State (Hitter); Logan Shore, Florida (Pitcher)
March 6: Darik Hall, Dallas Baptist (Hitter); Lucas Humpal, Texas State (Pitcher)
March 13: Joe Cronin, Boston College (Hitter); Jesse Scholtens, Wright State (Pitcher)
March 20: John Jones, South Carolina (Hitter); Seth Romero, Houston (Pitcher)
March 27: Tyler Chadwick, Coastal Carolina (Hitter); Ryan Hingst, Arizona State (Pitcher)
April 5: Tanner Kirwer, Niagara (Hitter); Andrew Wantz, UNCG (Pitcher)
April 12: Michael Davis, Texas Tech (Hitter); Zac Gallen, North Carolina (Pitcher)
April 19: Greg Guers, Penn State (Hitter); Shane McCarthy, Seton Hall (Pitcher)
April 26: Logan Gray, Austin Peay (Hitter); Cody Sedlock, Illinois (Pitcher)
May 3: J.B Woodman, Ole Miss (Hitter); Chad Donato, West Virginia (Pitcher)
May 10: Brandon Soat, IPFW (Hitter); Kyle Simonds, Texas A&M (Pitcher)
May 17: Blake Benefield, Middle Tennessee (Hitter); Eric Lauer, Kent State (Pitcher)
May 24: Dillon Cooper, Alabama State (Hitter); Sam Perez, Missouri State (Pitcher)

2016 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
February: Taylor Braley, Southern Miss (Hitter); Brendon McKay, Lousiville (Pitcher)
March: Seth Beer, Clemson (Hitter); Seth Romero, Houston and Clarke Schmidt, South Carolina (Pitcher)
April: Hunter Melton, Texas A&M (Hitter); Will Hibbs, Lamar (Pitcher)
May: Daniel Johnson, New Mexico State (Hitter); Dakota Hudson, Mississippi State (Pitcher)

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