DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player
of the Week awards for the period ending March 4. Kentucky senior
infielder/outfielder Luke Heyer was named
National Hitter of the Week, while Omaha senior
right-handed pitcher Payton Kinney 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.
Heyer was named the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic
Most Outstanding Player after he hit .727 with a 1.727 slugging
percentage (five runs, six RBI, two doubles, three home runs). For
the week, the Lithia, Fla., native batted .667 (10-of-15) in four
games with six runs, six RBI, two doubles (one a ground rule double)
and three home runs. Heyer recorded the game-winning RBI in wins
over #19 Houston and #20 Sam Houston State.
Kinney tossed a no-hitter in Omaha's 4-0 shutout of Ohio on Sunday.
The Firth, Neb., native was dominant all day, striking out nine
to pick up his first win of the season with the complete-game effort.
The no-no is the second in Omaha's Division I era and its first
since the Maverick staff combined for one on Feb. 21, 2015 vs. Chicago
State, also staged at Perfect Game Park.
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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.
2018 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
• Feb. 20: Jake Brodt, Santa Clara (Hitter); Nick Sandlin, Southern Miss (Pitcher)
• Feb. 27: Brett Kinneman, N.C. State (Hitter); Joe DeMers, Washington (Pitcher)
• March 6: Luke Heyer, Kentucky (Hitter); Payton Kinney, Omaha (Pitcher)
• March 13: Jacob Rhinesmith, Western Kentucky (Hitter); Casey Mize, Auburn (Pitcher)
2018 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
• February: Brett Kinneman, N.C. State (Hitter); Brady Feigl, Ole Miss (Pitcher)