March 3, 2021
For Immediate Release
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South Carolina's Clarke, East Carolina's Whisenhunt honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION I NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has tabbed South Carolina's Wes Clarke the national player of the month and East Carolina's Carson Whisenhunt the national pitcher of the month for February, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

A native of Mocksville, N.C., Whisenhunt posted a pair of strong starts in February for East Carolina. The second-year freshman fanned 21 in 10.2 innings, allowing just seven hits and two runs, walking two. He became the first ECU pitcher with consecutive double-digit strikeout games since 1998, including 11 vs. Georgia Southern.

South Carolina slugger Wes Clarke a native of Forest, Va. has belted eight homers and driven in 17 runs over the first six games of the year for the Gamecocks. Clarke has reached base safely in 23 of his 31 trips to the plate to open the year, with 10 extra-base hits, including eight homers and two doubles. Clarke has driven in 17 runs, drawn nine walks and struck out just four times and sports a 2.560 OPS.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that the NCBWA has honored a player and pitcher of the month. Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, ncbwa.com.

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)