DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards
for the period ending April 8. Morehead State junior outfielder
Connor Pauly was named National Hitter
of the Week, while Washington State senior left-handed
pitcher Scotty Sunitsch 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 wins last week, Pauly hit .733 (11-for-15) with 10 runs
scored, three doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine RBI, a 1.467
slugging percentage and .750 on-base percentage. The junior had
hits in 11 of his 19 plate appearances, as he also drew three walks
and was hit by a pitch and six of his 11 hits went for extra bases.
The Glenview, Ill., native opened the week by going 3-for-4 with
a triple, home run and two RBI in a non-conference win over Marshall.
In the first two games of the UT Martin series, Pauly was 7-for-7
with five runs scored and six RBI. For the week he also posted a
perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. In Conference-only games this
year, Pauly ranks third in the OVC in hitting (.432) and seventh
in RBI (1.36/game).
Sunitsch no-hit the Ducks in Washington State's 7-0 road win
in the series-finale. The Federal Way, Wash., native struck out a
career high nine, walked two, hit two batters and needed just 95
pitches to record WSU's 25th no-hitter in program history and the
first solo nine-inning no-hitter since Eric Wilkins no-hit Oregon
State in 1976.
Last season, Sunitsch was part of a combined no-hitter over Stephen
F. Austin, working the ninth-inning. There have been three other
Cougar no-hitters since Wilkins did so in 1976 but all three were
seven innings, coming in 1977, 1984 and 1985. Sunitsch enters the
week leading the team with a 3-1 record along with 30 strikeouts
in 41.2 innings.
In Sunday's ninth inning, Sunitsch received a big play from a
veteran outfielder who had just entered the game. Oregon's first
batter of the inning lined a ball into shallow left field that senior
Derek Chapman charged and made a sliding catch for the first out.
Chapman had entered the game in the top of the ninth for Justin
Harrer who left the game during his ninth-inning at-bat after an
awkward swing. Sunitsch struck out the next two hitters before he
was mopped by his teammates.
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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)
• 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)
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)