DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player
of the Week awards for the period ending May 9. Texas A&M senior
first baseman Will Frizzell was named National
Hitter of the Week, while Oklahoma State freshman right-handed
pitcher Justin Campbell 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.
Frizzell helped the Aggies to a series win over No. 11 Ole Miss.
The Rockwall, Texas, native hit five home runs against the Rebels,
including a walk-off home run on Friday and a seventh-inning, game-winning
grand slam on Sunday.
Frizzell registered seven extra-base hits over four games last
week, including two doubles and five home runs, while tallying eight
runs and 11 RBI over the span.
In the series opener against Ole Miss, he racked up a two-home
run night, one of which was a solo shot to walk it off in the ninth,
to go along with three runs, three RBI and a walk. In the series
finale, Frizzell accounted for all six of the Aggies' runs, with
a two-run home run in the first inning and a go-ahead grand slam
in the seventh.
Campbell made history as the ninth pitcher in program history
to throw a no-hitter, and the 20th-ranked Cowboys clinched a series
win at Kansas for the first time in more than a decade with a 19-0
win Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Simi Valley, California, native's performance saw him strike
out 11 and surrender one walk, that coming with one out in the eighth
inning. It was all that stood between the right-hander and a perfect
game, as the second-year freshman improved to 5-1 on the season
with the 99-pitch outing.
With his performance, Campbell became only the third pitcher
in the 110-year history of OSU baseball to throw a no-hitter in
a nine-inning game, joining Bob Richardson (1968 vs. Houston) and
Jim Wixson (in the 1960 College World Series vs. North Carolina).
The no-hitter is the 11th in program history, with two of those
a combined effort. Four of OSU's no-hitters have come in nine-inning
contests, with six of them in seven-inning games. The other was
a five-inning perfect game.
Campbell's no-hitter is also the 19th in Big 12 Conference history
and the 12th by an individual.
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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.
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)