Feb. 24, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
Dallas Baptist's Jones, Kansas State's Wicks honored
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DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending February 23. Dallas Baptist junior shortstop Blayne Jones was named National Hitter of the Week, while Kansas State sophomore left-handed pitcher Jordan Wicks 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.

A preseason All-American selection, Jones hit .417 (5-for-12) with four home runs, 10 RBI and five runs scored in DBU's three-game sweep over Austin Peay. He also totaled a team-high 17 bases and led the team with a 1.417 slugging percentage. In Saturday's 13-2 victory on opening day, Jones blasted two home runs for the first time in his career as part of a 4-RBI day. On Sunday, Jones followed suit with his first career grand slam. He ended the series on Monday, going 1-for-2 with a home run, 2 RBI, two walks and two runs scored. Defensively, Jones player error-free baseball in 14 chances at shortstop.

Wicks, a preseason All-American and preseason Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Year, began the season with seven shutout innings against Oregon State at the Sanderson Ford College Classic. Wicks allowed just three hits over seven innings while equaling his career high with 10 strikeouts. The lefty retired 18 of the final 20 hitters he faced to give the Wildcats the Opening Day win.

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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.

2021 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 22: Blayne Jones, Dallas Baptist (Hitter); Jordan Wicks, Kansas State (Pitcher)
Week ending Feb. 28: Dominic Keegan, Vanderbilt (Hitter); Will Dion, McNeese State (Pitcher)
Week ending March 7: Kenyon Yovan, Oregon (Hitter); Ty Madden, Texas (Pitcher)
Week ending March 14: Cade Doughty, LSU (Hitter); Jarrett Whorff, Louisiana Tech (Pitcher)
Week ending March 21: Robby Martin, Florida State (Hitter); Jack Leiter, Vanderbilt (Pitcher)
Week ending March 28: Caden Grice, Clemson (Hitter); Chayce McDermott, Ball State (Pitcher)
Week ending April 4: Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (Hitter); Seth Lonsway, Ohio State (Pitcher)
Week ending April 11: Ivan Melendez, Texas (Hitter); Jonathan Cannon, Georgia (Pitcher)
Week ending April 18: Aaron Beck, Indiana State (Hitter); Alek Jacob, Gonzaga (Pitcher)
Week ending April 25: T.J. Collett, Kentucky (Hitter); Landen Bourassa, San Francisco (Pitcher)
Week ending May 2: Dustin Demeter, Hawaii (Hitter); Tyler Burnham, Seton Hall (Pitcher)
Week ending May 9: Will Frizzell, Texas A&M (Hitter); Justin Campbell, Oklahoma State (Pitcher)
Week ending May 16: Ethan Long, Arizona State (Hitter); Andrew Abbott, Virginia (Pitcher)
Week ending May 23: Cody Littlejohn, Tennessee Tech (Hitter); Cooper Hjerpe, Oregon State (Pitcher)

2021 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
February: Wes Clarke, South Carolina (Player); Carson Whisenhunt, East Carolina (Pitcher)
March: Tim Elko, Ole Miss (Player); Jack Leiter, Vanderbilt (Pitcher)
April: Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Oklahoma State (Player); Kevin Kopps, Arkansas (Pitcher)
May: Jack Rogers, Sam Houston (Player); Kevin Kopps, Arkansas (Pitcher)