DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association released its National Player of the
Week awards for the period ending March 16. Georgia State senior
first baseman Nic Wilson was named National Hitter
of the Week, while VCU junior left-handed pitcher Heath
Dwyer 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.
Wilson, who hit five home runs and drove in 15 runs last week,
hit .579 (11-for-19) while compiling a 1.421 slugging percentage
and a .625 on-base percentage for a remarkable OPS of 2.046. His
week included a .500 average (6-for-12) with two homers and six
RBIs in the Panthers' Sun Belt Conference series against Western
Kentucky. In three one-run games against the Hilltoppers, he drove
in six of the Panthers' 14 runs.
Wilson homered in both ends of Saturday's doubleheader against
WKU. In GSU's 4-3 loss in game one, he drove in all three Panther
runs with a homer, a double and a single. In the nightcap, he hit
another solo homer in the first inning, delivered a two-out, run-scoring
single to tie the game at 4-4 in the fifth, and then gave GSU a
5-4 lead in the seventh on a fielder's choice as the 6-6, 235-pounder
beat the throw at first base to score the go-ahead run.
In game one of a doubleheader win over Rutgers on Friday, he
knocked in three runs on three hits, including a double, and walked.
James doubled for the third straight game as the Sooners won the
nightcap, and he finished 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI. On Sunday,
James went 4-for-4, his second four-hit game of the season, scored
three runs and hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the sixth
inning. In the weekend series, he batted .750 (9-for-12). For the
week, James slugged 1.000 and had an on-base percentage of .714.
Dwyer went the distance, posting one of the most dominant pitching
performances in recent VCU history, in a 1-0 two-hit win over Buffalo.
The Chandler, Ariz., native's day was highlighted by his 15 strikeouts,
setting a new career-high. The final two strikeouts of the pitcher'
s night came in the ninth inning to preserve the Rams' 1-0 win and
conclude his fifth career complete game.
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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.
2014 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
• Feb. 16: Skyler Ewing, Rice (Hitter); Jeremy Null, East Carolina (Pitcher)
• Feb. 23: A.J. Reed, Kentucky (Hitter); Reed Garrett, VMI (Pitcher)
• March 2: Ryan Seiz, Liberty (Hitter); Jake Stinnett, Maryland (Pitcher)
• March 9: Mac James, Oklahoma (Hitter); Javi Salas, Miami (Pitcher)
• March 16: Nic Wilson, Georgia State (Hitter); Heath Dwyer, VCU (Pitcher)
• March 23: Michael Katz, William & Mary (Hitter); Frankie Vanderka, Stony Brook (Pitcher)
• March 30: Clint Freeman, East Tennessee State (Hitter); Matt Imhof, Cal Poly (Pitcher)
• April 6: A.J. Reed, Kentucky (Hitter); Nathan Kirby, Virginia (Pitcher)
• April 13: Mitchell Tolman, Oregon (Hitter); Jordan Carter, St. Joseph's (Pitcher)
• April 20: Byron Campbell, UMES (Hitter); Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina (Pitcher)
• April 27: Auston Bausfield, Ole Miss (Hitter); Thomas Eshelman, Cal State Fullerton (Pitcher)
• May 4: Casey Turgeon, Florida (Hitter); Jace Fry, Oregon State (Pitcher)
• May 11: Connor McVey, Cincinnati (Hitter); Matt Fraudin, Gardner-Webb (Pitcher)
• May 18: Kane Sweeney, Morehead State (Hitter); Ben Wetzler, Oregon State (Pitcher)