March 16, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
304-293-2821
LSU's Doughty, Louisiana Tech's Whorff honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION I NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 14, today. LSU sophomore third baseman Cade Doughty was named National Hitter of the Week, while Louisiana Tech junior right-handed pitcher Jarett Whorff 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.

Doughty, a native of Denham Springs, Louisiana, collected five home runs, six runs scored and 12 RBI in leading LSU to five wins in five games last week. He was 7-for-21 at the plate with five walks and a .444 on-base percentage.

Doughty hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday versus UT San Antonio to erase a 7-4 deficit and extend the game into the 11th inning, and LSU went on to post a 10-9 victory in 13 innings.

Whorff pitched a complete-game shutout while allowing no hits over the final seven innings to lead LA Tech to its first win over a No. 1 team in program history. The Winnsboro, Texas native recorded 10 strikeouts and just one walk in the dominant performance, using his 106th pitch of the afternoon to get Arkansas’ Brady Slavens to strike out looking to cap off the win.

Whorff limited the Razorbacks to two hits in Sunday’s win, which was the first time the Razorbacks had been held to two hits since Oregon State blanked the Hogs in the College World Series final in 2018. Whorff had all of his pitches working on Sunday, retiring the top-ranked Razorbacks in order five out of the nine innings he pitched. After LA Tech jumped ahead 2-0 in the fifth, pitching with the lead did not phase Tech’s starter over the next three frames as Whorff retired the next nine Razorbacks in order, four of which came via a strikeout.

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.

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)

2021 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
February: Wes Clarke, South Carolina (Player); Carson Whisenhunt, East Carolina (Pitcher)