DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association released its National Player
of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 26.
Mississippi State junior outfielder Brent Rooker
was named National Hitter of the Week, while
Sacramento State senior right-handed pitcher Justin
Dillon 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
Rooker went 8-for-8 with three home runs, three doubles and
14 RBI over a two-game stretch vs. Indiana State (Feb. 24) and
Marist (Feb. 25) last weekend. With a .474 batting average on
the week (9-for-19), Rooker also posted a .583 on-base
percentage on the week and a 1.158 slugging percentage.
On Friday against Indiana State, Rooker went 4-for-4 with two
home runs and two doubles to drive in eight runs, making him the
first Bulldog to drive in eight runs in a game since Ryan Duffy
on April 6, 2010 vs. Jackson State. For a Saturday encore vs.
Marist, Rooker posted another 4-for-4 performance with a home
run and a double for six more RBI.
With five stolen bases on the week, Rooker is now 8-for-8
through nine games in 2017 after swiping just two bases in the
first 92 games of his collegiate career. On the year, Rooker
leads the SEC in RBI (17), total bases (27) and stolen bases
(8), while ranking second in doubles (5).
Dillon threw first no-hitter in Sacramento States Division I
history on Feb. 23 against Northern Kentucky. The senior
right-hander issued just one walk and had a career-high 13
strikeouts, facing just two batters over the minimum with a walk
in the fifth inning and a Hornet fielding error in the ninth. He
was dominant right from the start, striking out the first five
batters he faced and not allowing a base runner before NKU
second baseman Kyle Colletta drew a two-out walk in the fifth
Dillon struck out at least one batter in six of nine innings,
including two strikeouts in the ninth. In all, he forced 10
ground ball outs, three fly outs, and a soft line out to
shortstop to go with his 13 strikeouts.
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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)