DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player
of the Week awards for the period ending March 8. Coastal Carolina
junior outfielder/catcher Alex Gattinelli was named
National Hitter of the Week, while Central Arkansas
junior right-handed pitcher Gavin Stone earned
National Pitcher of the Week honors. The NCBWA
Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week
and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Gattinelli led the Chanticleers offense this past week by hitting
.500 with nine base hits over 18 at-bats. He hit three home runs
and drove in 13 RBI in five games, an average of 2.6 RBI per game.
Gattinelli posted a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .526 on-base
percentage, and also swiped a base. He started the week by going
2-for-4 with three RBI, a walk, and a stolen base in the midweek
win over Charlotte. After getting just one at-bat in the loss to
No. 7 NC State on Wednesday, Gattinelli bounced back to go 7-for-13
with 10 RBI and three home runs in the series win over Middle Tennessee.
He drove in a career-high four RBI in the Friday night win, going
4-for-4 in the win. Gattinelli hit a three-run home run on Saturday
before going 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored
in the series-clinching win on Sunday.
A no-hitter from Central Arkansas junior RHP Gavin Stone earned
him this week's NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week award. Stone,
a right hander from Lake City, Ark., struck out a career-high 13
batters in UCA's 2-0 shutout of the Southeastern Louisiana Lions
last Friday night in the conference opener. He faced one batter
over the minimum and retired the final 14 batters of the game after
his only walk of the game in the fifth inning. Following the walk,
Stone struck out the final two batters of the inning. Stone's 13th
strikeout was the last out in the ninth to seal just the third no-hitter
in school history and first since 2013. He struck out eight of the
nine Southeastern starters at least once, and one player three times.
Stone struck out the side in the top of the third on 11 pitches
and recorded a strikeout in every inning except the first when SLU
had two fly balls and a ground out.
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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.
2020 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
• Week ending Feb. 16: Nate Rombach, Texas Tech (Hitter); Alfredo Ruiz, Long Beach State (Pitcher)
• Week ending Feb. 23: Tyler Kelder, St. Bonaventure (Hitter); Bryce Jarvis, Duke (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 1: HUnter Goodman, Memphis (Hitter); Dane Acker, Oklahoma (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 8: Alex Gattinelli, Coastal Carolina (Hitter); Gavin Stone, Central Arkansas (Pitcher)
2020 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
• February: Nick Gonzales, New Mexico State (Player); Brian Van Belle, Miami (Pitcher)