DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 3. Butler junior outfielder Harrison Freed and South Carolina senior outfielder TJ Hopkins were named National Co-Hitters of the Week, while Auburn sophomore right-handed pitcher Tanner Burns 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.
Freed batted .562 (9-for-16) in a 3-1 week for the Bulldogs with at least one hit in each of the four games. He added six runs, nine RBI, two doubles, a triple and a home run to his stat line with 1.000 slugging and .650 on-base percentage. The junior outfielder knocked in seven runs in a 21-7 offensive showing against St. Peter's, one RBI shy of tying the Butler record. Three of the four games were multi-hit games for Freed as he went 4-for-5 against the Peacocks, 2-for-4 in a 5-1 win against Central Michigan and 2-for-4 in a 10-5 against Hofstra. He crossed the plate in all four games and added two stolen bases.
Hopkins hit three home runs and recorded 10 RBI to help lead South Carolina to three wins last week, including a series win vs. No. 19 Clemson. Hopkins earned the Tom Price Award, named for the Gamecocks' Most Valuable Player in the Clemson series, by hitting three home runs and driving in nine runs in the Palmetto Series win over the Tigers. Hopkins went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI in Sunday's win. Hopkins had a home run in each game of the weekend series.
Burns turned in the first complete-game shutout in the SEC this season and the first of his career vs. Cincinnati. He matched the Auburn single-game record with 15 strikeouts in the series opener. Burns struck out a batter in eight of nine innings pitched and two or more batters in six innings, and he retired the first 11 batters he faced in the contest and faced just two batters over the minimum as he didn't issue a walk.
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2019 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 17: Austin Martin, Vanderbilt (Hitter); Grant Judkins, Iowa (Pitcher)
· Week ending Feb. 24: Thomas Dillard, Ole Miss (Hitter); Tommy Henry, Michigan (Pitcher)
· Week ending March 3: Harrison Freed, Butler and TJ Hopkins, South Carolina (Hitter); Tanner Burns, Auburn (Pitcher)
· Week ending March 10: Cameron Warren, Texas Tech (Hitter); Jake Kuchmaner, East Carolina and Chris Gerard, Virginia Tech (Pitcher)
· Week ending March 17: Chris Lanzilli, Wake Forest (Hitter); Jake Kuchmaner, East Carolina (Pitcher)
· Week ending March 24: Tristan Peterson, New Mexico State (Hitter); Connor Thomas, Georgia Tech (Pitcher)
· Week ending March 31: Jake Sanford, WKU (Hitter); Zach Thompson, Kentucky (Pitcher)
· Week ending April 7: Kody Hoese, Tulane (Hitter); Alek Manoah, West Virginia (Pitcher)
· Week ending April 14: Spencer Steer, Oregon (Hitter); Cody Luther, Saint Louis and Ryan Shreve, Pacific (Pitcher)
· Week ending April 21: Logan Wyatt, Louisville (Hitter); Alek Manoah, West Virginia (Pitcher)
· Week ending April 28: Keaton Smith, Nevada (Hitter); Ryan Garcia, UCLA (Pitcher)
· Week ending May 5: Chase Smartt, Troy (Hitter); Andy Fisher, Illinois (Pitcher)
· Week ending May 12: Bryce Ball, Dallas Baptist (Hitter); Micah Kaczor, East Tennessee State (Pitcher)
· Week ending May 19: Andrew Daschbach, Stanford (Hitter); Seth Lonsway, Ohio State (Pitcher)
2019 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
February: Nick Gonzales, New Mexico State (Player); John Doxakis, Texas A&M (Pitcher)
· March: Hunter Bishop, Arizona State (Player); Reid Detmers, Louisville (Pitcher)
· April: Adley Rutschman, Oregon State (Player); Alek Manoah, West Virginia (Pitcher)