DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association released its National Player
of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 19. Youngstown
State junior first baseman Andrew Kendrick was
named National Hitter of the Week, while LSU senior
left-handed pitcher Jared Poché and Elon junior
right-handed pitcher Robbie Welhaf were named
National Pitchers of the Week. The NCBWA Board
reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and
names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Kendrick's five hits were over three games at the Riverview Inn
Governors Challenge in Clarksville, Tenn. All five hits went for
home runs as he drove in 11 of YSU's 13 runs at the tournament.
The Springfield, Mo., native hit a solo home run in the season opener
against Austin Peay, and followed that up with two homers – a solo
shot and a three-run home run – against Indiana State on Saturday.
He concluded the week by hitting a grand slam and a solo home run
as part of a six-RBI day against Illinois State. He already has
more home runs in three games than he did all of last season (four).
In fact, only one Penguin, Phil Lipari in 2014, has hit at least
five home runs in an entire season in the last four years.
Poché, the Lutcher, La. native, fired the sixth individual no-hitter
in LSU history, as he recorded a seven-inning gem against Army in
the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. He recorded no walks
and four strikeouts over 79 pitches in LSU's 6-0 win. Army’s only
baserunner in the contest reached on an error in the LSU outfield
in the fourth inning. Poché’s no-hitter was the first by an LSU
pitcher since 1979, when Bobby Landry accomplished the feat in a
seven-inning game against Southern Miss.
Welhaf needed just 100 pitches to throw the first no-hitter of
the 2017 NCAA Division I baseball season in Saturday's 7-0 victory
over Longwood. It was the first no-hit performance by an Elon pitcher
at the Division I level. In just his third career start, Welhaf
faced just one batter over the minimum and retired 16 consecutive
Longwood hitters at one point in the nine-inning outing. The Doylestown,
Pa., native struck out a career-high eight hitters and walked just
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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.
2017 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
Feb. 21: Andrew Kendrick, Youngstown State (Hitter);
Jared Poché, LSU and Robbie Welhaf, Elon (Pitcher)
Feb. 28: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State (Hitter);
Justin Dillon, Sacramento State (Pitcher)
March 7: Chase Lunceford, Louisiana Tech (Hitter);
Danny Hrbek, Radford and Parker Rigler, Kansas State (Pitcher)
March 14: Connor Smith, Western Michigan (Hitter);
Eli Morgan, Gonzaga (Pitcher)
March 21: Jake Scheiner, Houston (Hitter);
John Gavin, Cal State Fullerton (Pitcher)
2017 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
February: Brendon McKay, Lousiville (Hitter); James
Poché, LSU (Pitcher)