DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
(NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Cap National Player of the Week awards
for the period ending April 12, today. Illinois senior first baseman
Dusty Bensko
was named National Hitter of the Week, while Texas' junior
relief pitcher J. Brent Cox 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.

Pro-Line Cap: The Choice of Champions.
drove in an incredible 17 runs in six games last week as he batted .478
(11-of-23) and added nine runs scored. Pleasant Plains, Ill., native produced
three home runs, two doubles and four walks to register a slugging percentage
of .947 and an on-base percentage of .556. The Illinois-native collected
nine RBI and four runs to lead his team to three victories in four road
games at Michigan State as the Illini improved to 7-1 in Big Ten play to
remain tied atop the league standings.

Cox did not earn any of the Horns three wins over the past week, but
did make three impressive appearances out of the bullpen that resulted in
nine scoreless innings of work and a pair of saves. After earning the save
against Texas State on April 5 by working a perfect ninth-inning that included
two strikeouts, Cox hurled six innings of shutout relief at No. 4 Nebraska
on April 8 during a 16-inning contest in which he struck out five and came
within one-third of an inning from matching his career-long for innings

From there, the Bay City, Texas native returned to the mound two days
later, and tossed two one-hit innings against the Husker to preserve a 6-5
victory and a series triumph for the Horns. Notably, in his final appearance,
Cox came in with two runners on and nobody out in the bottom of the seventh
inning with UT clinging to a one-run lead and, after a sacrifice bunt and
an intentional walk, he recorded a strikeout and a flyout to work out of
the inning unscathed despite Nebraska having the bases loaded and one out.

With this week's honor, Cox automatically is named to the watch list
for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the
year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.

The Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Cap Co. supplies the official cap to more
than 100 Division I college teams. This is the first season Pro-Line has
sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for
plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional
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2005 Pro-Line Cap Players of the Week:

Feb. 8: Grant Rembert, Elon (Hitter); Erik Averill, Arizona State (Pitcher)

Feb. 15: Scott Bridges, Arkansas (Hitter); Brian Bogusevic, Tulane (Pitcher)

Feb. 22: Drew Stubbs, Texas (Hitter); Taylor Fowler, Arkansas State (Pitcher)

March 1: Kurt Eichorn, Kent State (Hitter); Tyler Chambliss, Florida State (Pitcher)

March 8: Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech (Hitter); J.C. Biagi, Centenary (Pitcher)

March 15: Jeremy Slayden, Georgia Tech (Hitter); Lance Broadway, TCU and Gib Hobson, N.C. State (Pitcher)

March 22: Alex Gordon, Nebraska (Hitter); Luke Hochevar, Tennessee (Pitcher)

March 29: Josh Rodriguez, Rice (Hitter); Brent Gaphardt, Delaware (Pitcher)

April 5: Mike Baxter, Vanderbilt (Hitter); Max Scherzer, Missouri (Pitcher)

April 12: Dusty Bensko, Illinois (Hitter); J. Brent Cox, Texas (Pitcher)

April 19: Mike Costanzo, Coastal Carolina (Hitter); Adrian Alaniz, Texas (Pitcher)

April 26: Brandon Taylor, BYU (Hitter); Ricky Brooks, East Carolina (Pitcher)

May 3: Doug Beck, Utah (Hitter); Matt Maloney, Ole Miss (Pitcher)

May 10: J.R. Kyes, Illinois (Hitter); Brad Lincoln, Houston (Pitcher)

May 17: Justin Beam, Pacific (Hitter); Jeff Denlea, Hofstra (Pitcher)

May 24: Craig Cooper, Notre Dame and Adam Tucker, Birmingham-Southern
(Hitter); Lance Broadway, TCU (Pitcher)

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