March 6, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
Kentucky's Heyer, Omaha's Kinney honored
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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 Mike Montoro 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)
March 20: Joe Genord, USF (Hitter); Griffin Roberts, Wake Forest (Pitcher)
March 27: Bren Spillane, Illinois (Hitter); Jake Lee, Oakland (Pitcher)
April 3: Jon Littell, Oklahoma State (Hitter); Colton Eastman, Cal State Fullerton (Pitcher)
April 10: Connor Pauly, Morehead State (Hitter); Scotty Sunitsch, Washington State (Pitcher)
April 17: Ross Haffey, Miami, Ohio (Hitter); Noah Zavolas, Harvard (Pitcher)
April 24: Josh Jung, Texas Tech and Steven Wells, Florida State (Hitter); Connor Van Hoose, Bucknell (Pitcher)
May 1: Alex Holderbach, Eastern Kentucky (Hitter); Barrett Loseke, Arkansas (Pitcher)
May 8: Adam Sasser, Georgia (Hitter); Haylen Green, TCU (Pitcher)
May 15: Will Wilson, N.C. State (Hitter); Luke Heimlich, Oregon State (Pitcher)
May 22: Will Holland, Auburn (Hitter); Sam Shutes, Toledo (Pitcher)

2018 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
February: Brett Kinneman, N.C. State (Player); Brady Feigl, Ole Miss (Pitcher)
March: Seth Beer, Clemson (Player); Casey Mize, Auburn (Pitcher)
April: Alex Holderbach, Eastern Kentucky (Player); Connor Thomas, Georgia Tech (Pitcher)
May: Cal Raleigh, Florida State (Player); Logan Gilbert, Stetson (Pitcher)